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Lisa and Lindsey are friends, moms, and aspiring anti-oppression feminists trying to live their values while also tripping over legos and making dinners that are “ewww yucky!” Their weekly discussion and interview podcast will focus on how feminism intersects with the daily challenges of being a mother.

Connect at and on Facebook and Instagram @MommingWhileFeminist.
11 Episodes
The children’s publishing industry has long neglected the stories and voices of Black, brown, indigneous, Muslim, Jewish, disabled, transgender and queer peoples - and so many more groups. In this episode, Laura Gruppo, a mom of two, librarian-in-training, and founder of the Instagram account, Laura’s Little Bookshelf, shares what she’s learned about diversity in children’s literature, why books should serve as both “mirrors” and “windows,” and what to do about offensive books. She also shares some of her favorite books and resources. For more recommendations, follow her on Instagram at @LaurasLittleBookshelf ( About Laura GruppoLaura Gruppo was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and their two young daughters. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a graduate student in the online Master of Library and Information Science degree program at San José State University. She hopes to work in youth services librarianship after obtaining her degree. She is a passionate advocate for family literacy, early childhood education, book access, and diversity in children’s literature. She also runs the growing Instagram account @lauraslittlebookshelf (, which is dedicated to showcasing high-quality, diverse picture books and promoting youth literacy.   Feminist CrushesMarly Dias, the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and her new Netflix show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices ( Emily's Wonder Lab on Netflix, read about it here (   Mentions:GoFundMe Account for Daniel Prude ( or Venmo @BLMRoc Antiracism Daily Instagram Account (@AntiracismDaily ( What are Mirrors and Windows? (,view%20into%20someone%20else's%20experience.)  #OwnVoices, coined by Corinne Duyvis ( Resources:Cooperative Children’s Book Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison ( First Book ( Reach out and Read ( Reading is Fundamental ( Association for Library Service to Children ( School Library Journal ( International Literacy Association ( National Association for the Education of Young Children ( Zero to Three ( Read Brightly ( We Need Diverse Books ( Lee and Low Publishers blog ( The Conscious Kid blog ( Here Wee Read ( Diverse Book Finder (  Children’s Lit World Instagram Account (@childrenslitworld ( and the #ReconsiderLit series Book recommendationsSulwe by Lupita Nyong'o  ( Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love ( Birdsong by Julie Flett ( Carmel Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena ( Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena ( Saturday by Oge Mora ( Any book by the classic authors, Ashley Bryan...
As the pandemic forces so many households to juggle full time childcare with full time jobs, many women feel like they are being forced to “lean out” of their paid work. In this episode we unpack the impact Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” had on our lives, careers, and parenting decisions. It burned both of us, and we tell you why. We dream of a feminism that is bigger than “Lean In,” and share some resources that have guided us along the way. Feminist Crush FRIDA Fund: Happiness Manifestx (  The Netflix Show, Sex Education Quiz References: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg Enough Leaning In. Let’s Tell Men to Lean Out, ( by Ruth Whippman in the New York Times Jae Yun Kim ( Suggested resources: Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennet Claire Cain Miller ( Lean In and the one percent feminism ( by Linda Burnam  For the Lean In fans: You Have More Time than You Think ( Reflection Question: What is your personal role in creating a more just and equitable place for people to work? Petition to Defund the Metropolitan Police Department:
In this episode, we continue the conversation from Episode 6 about sexism in children’s books and talk about how those eight sexist tropes show up in TV and movies too. We talk about representation vs. portrayal and what we can do to help our kids think critically about the way gender is portrayed on the screen. This episode has inspired us to create a bingo card for sexism in kids media and we want your help! Let us know what you’d put on your bingo card.  Feminist Crush:  Lisa: The Fat Sculpture on her dining room table Lindsey: Laura’s Little Bookshelf on Instagram: (   Quiz References: Watching Gender: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development (, from Common Sense Media (2017)  The Landscape of Children’s Television in the US and Canada (, Center for Scholars and Storytellers (April 2019) Which Children’s Content is Most in Demand in North America? (, Parrot Analytics (April 2018)  Resources and Links: The Conscious Kid Instagram ( About Critical Consciousness ( and The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire Make your own bingo card (
In this episode we discuss eight sexist tropes we’ve found in children’s books, from the traditional damsel in distress to more nuanced and subtle sexism of the perfect girl protagonist who saves everyone’s feelings or the boy character who we just know will grow up to be a mansplainer. We talk about some of the ways we try to counter this sexism and share a few of our favorite books and resources. Co-hosted by Lisa Ramish and Lindsey Jones-Renaud Edited by Cherie Turner (, producer of the Strides Forwards podcast
We went into this podcast with a commitment to bringing up how racism and white supremacy intersect with feminist parenting. But, as white people, we are definitely going to mess up along our journey in doing antiracist work - and we did. In our Episode 4: Play, we had a discussion about Black baby dolls and Santa Claus that was problematic. Our intention was to be pro-Black, but it was actually tokenizing and harmful.  In this episode, we talk with Myisha T. Hill, a Black anti-racist educator, advocate, entrepreneur, and mother to three boys. She helps us talk through what happened, how we can repair harm in times like these, and how we can do better.  Note for our listeners of color: This episode might feel very white-centered and so may not be useful for you. We wanted to give you a heads up so that you can bow out now if this will be triggering or just doesn’t feel like it’s relevant. About our guest: Myisha T. Hill is an anti racism educator, advocate, and entrepreneur. Most recently seen on CNN and NBC for her revolutionary work with her brand ( Take Action: Please join us in emailing the publisher, ( Reflection Question: How do you define being pro-Black in your life and parenting? What does it look like for you? Note: We hired Myisha as a consultant to advise us on this issue and be interviewed on our podcast. We believe in paying Black anti-racist educators for their labor in teaching white people how do repair harm and do better.
After the murder of George Floyd, as well as LEXI, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Sean Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony Mcdade, James Scurlock, and so many other Black lives at the hands of the police, we will not be releasing any podcasts for the next few weeks. We will be back eventually, but for now, we encourage you to follow, listen and donate to two podcasts created by Black mothers that address issues of race and white supremacy: here ( . here ( .
Play - Episode 4

Play - Episode 4


We start to dip our toes into the so-called “nature vs nurture” debate as we talk about play, how our kids play, and some of the ways that we try to engage and shape their play from a feminist perspective. What does play look like in your house? Do you think the way your kids play exhibit behaviors typically associated with their gender? Does it even matter? Please share your comments with us on Instagram, Facebook, or by email ( ( ).
In this episode we explore the topic of self-doubt and how it shows up for us as moms. We talk about the fears and feelings of not being good enough, where they come from, and how we can have more self-compassion for ourselves and other moms as we navigate societal pressures to always get it right.  We’re also excited to welcome our first guest, Clara Pratt! Clara is a mom to two sons, ages 1 and 3, and a member of the Navajo nation. She is the founder and CEO of Strongbow Strategies, a company that manages projects, IT and facilities for federal agencies and tribal clients. Clara lives with her husband and sons just outside the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Our #FeministCrush(es) this week: BITCH (, performed by Ruby Amanfu from the Little Fires Everywhere soundtrack  Create Like a Mother Blog  ( Ashley Graham ( Links: ( ( ( ( Credits:Hosts: Lisa Ramish and Lindsey Jones-RenaudTheme song: Ellos Son Aburridos by Fanta Nelida
In this episode we grapple with the very real feeling that sometimes, all we want for Mother’s Day is time alone and away from our kids, while also recognizing that all that can feel trivial when the government is separating mothers from their children every single day through mass incarceration and inhumane immigration policies. We grapple with the ways society describes motherhood on Mother’s Day with what we want as mothers ourselves, and with the message we want our children to hear from us and others about mothers. We talk about actions we can take and gentle suggestions for how to we can truly honor mothers and other caregivers. Take Action for Mother’s Day:#FreeBlackMamas is an annual campaign led by by ( Families Belong Together works to permanently end family separation and detention, seek accountability for the harm that’s been done, and immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart. here ( Momsrising is a national movement advocating for critical issues affecting women, mothers and families including workplace justice, healthy kids, maternal justice, gun safety, and immigration. Learn more and sign onto one of their many campaigns ( Find a local movement in your community that is advocating for paid family leave, publicly subsidized childcare, or other public support for caregivers. For example, in Washington DC, the Under 3 DC ( coalition is advocating for greater public investments to support families with infants and toddlers, especially those experiencing racial and economic injustices. Links: ( by Farnoosh Torabi (, episode of the podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking ( by Megan Garber ( by Christine Carter (, founded by Tricia Hersey ( Peg Streep Credits:Hosts: Lisa Ramish and Lindsey Jones-RenaudTheme song: Ellos Son Aburridos by Fanta Nelida
In our first episode, we talk about division of labor, how Coronavirus pandemic and our new stay-at-home reality are impacting work roles and responsibilities within our households, and why this is a feminist issue. We speak from our experience as straight cisgender women married to straight cisgender men working in nonessential jobs, which we know will not be relatable to everyone. We’d love to hear your experiences and perspectives. How has Coronavirus affected division of labor in your household? Visit ( Links: ( ( by Helen Lewis ( by Audrey Roofeh ( by Camille Rahatt ( by Kimberly Seals Allers ( from the National Women’s Law Center Hosts: Lisa Ramish and Lindsey Jones-Renaud Theme song: Ellos Son Aburridos by Fanta Nelida



Lisa and Lindsey are friends, moms, and aspiring anti-oppression feminists trying to live their values while also tripping over legos and making dinners that are “ewww yucky!” Their weekly discussion and interview podcast will focus on how feminism intersects with the daily challenges of being a mother. The first Momming While Feminist episode will be released on Friday, May 1st. Until then, you can connect at Instagram ( .
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