I like this essay about “scruffy hospitality” and embracing your home, with its imperfections, realities, and all. My favorite people are the ones who don’t mind I have dishes in the sink, toddler underwear in the living room, and dust bunnies in the corners.
(And thanks to my aunt Cathy for sharing this article with me!)
I’m sharing this quote (from a profile of Hillary Clinton) for a few reasons:
- The profile itself includes interesting insights on womanhood, feminism, and politics.
- Her thoughts on ambition strike me as particularly resonant. (I’ve been nervous about ambition ever since I was stage manager for a 6th grade play, and the teacher pulled me and a close friend aside to tell us that our peers thought we were a little too power-hungry.) Here’s what HRC said on the topic of ambition:
She thinks women’s ambition is regarded as dangerous, she posited that it was about “a fear that ambition will crowd out everything else — relationships, marriage, children, family, homemaking, all the other parts [of life] that are important to me and important to most women I know.”
- Leslie and I started The Smart Domestic to share perspectives on how to make our adult lives better, more interesting, and more honest. Hillary has led a life full of ambition and opinion, and she’s had to experience her own personal turmoil in very public ways. Whether you #feelthebern or, we shudder to say, you want to make America great again, you have to admit Hillary’s got some bona fide cred as a politician, feminist, and public figure. Reading about her (especially in a piece written by author Rebecca Traister) adds dimension to how we talk about power and politics.
All this to say #sorrynotsorry for posting a “politically sourced” quote. But tell us: Does the word ambition carry any baggage for you? Or are you happy to be an ambitious woman?
Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda shares some thoughts on parenting (via GQ).
In “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mom,” Kim Brooks wrestles with balancing creativity and parenting.
(via New York magazine)
Two doctors contend that for new moms, your health and happiness matter as much as your baby’s
(via The Washington Post)
Wise words from Melinda Gates, via her 2016 annual letter about women and unpaid work
Love these words from columnist Connie Schultz, from this round-up of parenting advice