About this project
Gloria Steinem says "Ali Smith has given us a gift with Momma Love: a fresh, eye-opening manifestation of motherhood's contemporary realities."
Mothers are made to feel that if their parenting experience isn't all soft focus moments of bliss and fulfillment, they're doing something wrong. But as any mother may admit in private, motherhood is a really hard job. It's a 24-hour-a-day, unpaid job for which mothers receive varying degrees of support from partners, employers, lawmakers and society at large.
My first book, Laws of the Bandit Queens, was about strong, groundbreaking women who'd succeeded while questioning the status quo. This book carries that same spirit of questioning and searching over into the motherhood realm.
In the media, mothers tend to be sanctified or vilified. There isn't a lot of honest reflection on the daily motherhood experience as most women are living it. The 40 women whose portraits and deeply personal and moving stories are featured in Momma Love tell all!
Women included range from Oscar nominated actress Amy Ryan, who discusses parenting in image and youth obsessed Hollywood, to Diana Colbert, figuring out how to parent her toddler well in the face of her own pending death.
Six months ago, I signed a publishing deal for Momma Love. Three months later, the publisher abruptly folded and took with it the money that I'd contributed towards the book's production. But now, with the support of people and organizations like Gloria Steinem and MomsRising, I've decided to self-publish.
I'll be printing with an eco-friendly, green printer based in the US. This beautiful bookwill be released May 1st, just in time for Mother's Day making it the PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT!
Momma Love is the forming of a community. It's a call to arms for anyone who is or who loves a mother. And it's the celebration of the potential for the most powerful manifestation of love: Momma Love.
Please join me in making Momma Love a reality. I'm sending much Momma Love to you!
**You can see the complete list of perks to the right, but check out some snazzy pix of a few of them here!
Risks and challenges
Momma Love is COMPLETELY WRITTEN, PHOTOGRAPHED, PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED, EDITED, COPY EDITED, AND PROOFED. The printing just needs to be funded! I found my eco-friendly, green printer through an incredible book publisher called Little Brown Mushroom that produces amazing photography books. Delays might only occur due to acts of Momma Nature or if I received a truly mind boggling amount of orders here. In which case I will still do my absolute best to fulfill all orders as promised with the help of some amazing people who have volunteered to help fulfill them!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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