I know it seems like some of us here in the bloggy-sphere are still a bit star struck after getting to hang out with Katie Couric last week. But something she asked while we were with her has been on my mind.
So, she had loads of questions about why a group of professional, educated mothers would spend their time writing about their lives and their opinions on the web.
It's a fair query. It's not like we don't have a few other things to do, like work, take care of our families and try to figure out how to stay on top of answering all those questions our children come up with at the most interesting times.
So after mulling her question over, especially after spending the rest of the weekend with some other incredible women, I realized this:
I have to write my blog.
I need a place to write about the things I feel strongly about. Things I wish there were more conversations about, especially among women. After having had a taste of getting paid to write about my views, I realized there is amazing power in putting those words out there.
I know this word gets used a lot, but it's empowering to be able to do it and say it and take it without having to get permission from publishers and producers and editors.
On the opinion pages of newspapers, women make up less than 20% of opinion columnists. Political talk show guests are still mostly comprised of a bunch of white guys mulling over the week's events. Using our blogs to talk about the issues that are important to us as women gets us closer to taking our place at the table.
Blogging is the new feminist act.
By writing about ourselves, our lives and our opinions on blogs that are becoming more widely read every day, we have taken the power that many of us have been waiting for others to give us. There is huge strength in that.
Don't believe me? Over 36 million women are blogging today. That's almost one-fourth of the women in the United States. Half of the bloggers in America are women.
Yeah, we've got blogs and we're not afraid to use them.
So, there's my answer. Maybe by using this forum to express ourselves, something will take hold and we'll start to make inroads at the other places where we desperately need more double-XX-ers.
A girl can dream, can't she?
Photo by PunditMom.
Joanne is the creator of PunditMom, her personal blog about the intersection of politics and motherhood. She is also a Contributing Editor for Politics & News at BlogHer and a contributor to MOMocrats.
Follow Joanne Bamberger on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PunditMom