Have you heard? A lady who has children did something impressive! You can’t miss these headlines, especially in the running world – hello #motherrunner!
Of course there are impressive dads out there, but there’s no hashtag, and rarely a “dad” headline. By labeling accomplished women, but not men, according to their parental status, are we reinforcing the outdated tradition of women being primarily responsible for the home and kids?
And further, does the “mother” label divide women? I know firsthand that motherhood changes running, but then again, so does grad school, a demanding career, illness, or any other major life change. How about those women who don’t have kids but feed the poor, kick cancer’s ass, build a life’s work, or write a stunning dissertation? When balancing running and life, is motherhood somehow more worthy of admiration?
By working to be inclusive for mothers, have we gone overboard and become exclusive of women who choose not to have children, or those who just aren’t there yet?