In February and March of 2016, The New York Chapter of National Women’s Liberation held CR (Consciousness Raising) meetings, where women testified, from their own experience, on what factors have determined–or will determine–whether or not they have children. Those who have had children testified on whether/how that experience changed their views.
Some of the testifiers will be live in the studio and some on the phone, for a “mini-CR on-the-air”–as well as talk about the conclusions they reached through looking at these questions in depth.
We’ll also look at how our society supports or does not support these parenting decisions and the “Social Wage” programs that women in many other countries have, such as (Single Payer National Healthcare, free or low-cost Childcare and Paid Parental Leave).
Here is the complete list of questions that were brought to these meetings and will be addressed on this show:
1. What are our reasons for wanting children, if/when we wanted them. (Whether we had them, didn’t, or are still planning to.) Reasons for not wanting them?
If we had them, did our thinking about this change after we had them? If we didn’t have them, did our thinking change?
2. Additional question for those who have done parenting work: When does this work feel like an individual responsibility? When does it feel like a collective (community, society wide,national) responsibility?
In the latter part of the show, we will be taking listener phone calls on these topics at (718) 780-8888.
We’ll also present our worldwide feminist news headlines and topical music.