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Our Historical Motherhood series is back! We’re delighted as always to welcome Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese, with another profile of a mom who made history. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here.

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I remember exactly where I was when I first read Betty Friedan’s now 51-year-old firestarter, The Feminine Mystique. I was sitting on the bed in my cramped, stuffy grad school apartment, thumbing through a dog-eared copy that I had bought used on Amazon. Ready to be lulled to sleep as I was by so many of the books in that political theory class, I was surprised to find myself sitting at attention, underlining, highlighting, and labeling passage after passage with sticky notes.

(I might have even cheered in solidarity from time to time.) 

The Feminist Mystique, the bestseller that helped spark the second wave of the American women’s movement, spoke to me as it has to decades of women. From that moment on, I wanted to know more about its author. [click to continue…]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Pearl S. Buck

by Kristen February 21, 2014
Historical Motherhood Series: Pearl S. Buck

Our Historical Motherhood series is back! We’re delighted as always to welcome Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese, with another profile of a mom who made history. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here. “Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same.” – […]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Sandra Day O’Connor

by Kristen October 18, 2013
Historical Motherhood Series: Sandra Day O'Connor

This post is by Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here. Did you know that Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court and all-around glass ceiling shatterer, is also a mother of three? Sandra Day was born […]

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Working from home with…Kristen Levithan

by Kristen October 2, 2013
Working from home with...Kristen Levithan

Welcome back to our Working from home with… guest post series! Today Kristen of Motherese (also a contributor here at The Happiest Home) shares her tips for couples who both work from home. Enjoy! Reflections From a Work-at-Home Marriage: 5 tips for couples who work from home In June, my husband and I made over […]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Pocahontas

by Kristen August 7, 2013
Historical Motherhood Series: Pocahontas

After a summer hiatus, we’re excited to bring back the Historical Motherhood series by Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here. Enjoy! I confess: I’ve never seen the movie Pocahontas all the way through. (I’m sure a full viewing is in my near future as my […]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Mother’s Day Edition

by Kristen May 1, 2013
Historical Motherhood Series: Mother's Day Edition

This post is by Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here. Photo: Caitlinator, via Flickr Creative Commons Would you be surprised to learn that Mother’s Day was created by a woman who was never a mother herself? I know I was. In fact it was a […]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Catherine of Aragon

by Kristen April 10, 2013
Historical Motherhood Series: Catherine of Aragon

This post is by Kristen Levithan, Happiest Home contributor and blogger at Motherese. You can read previous historical motherhood posts by clicking here. In addition to being a history buff, I am also a big fan of historical fiction. The period that fascinates me the most is Tudor England, and especially the reigns of King Henry VIII […]

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Historical Motherhood Series: Rosie the Riveter

by Kristen December 5, 2012
Historical Motherhood Series: Rosie the Riveter

This post is by Kristen Levithan, Happiest Mom contributor and blogger at Motherese. If you missed it, you can read the first post in our Historical Motherhood series here. It’s an image that many of us know well: a young woman, her hair tied back with a red and white bandanna with just a hint […]

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Introducing our Historical Motherhood series! First up: Jackie O.

by Kristen November 7, 2012
Introducing our Historical Motherhood series! First up: Jackie O.

If you’ve been reading here a while, you may remember that I love, love, love to dissect and analyze the experience of motherhood throughout history, and often do this via the stories of historical mothers, fictional and real, from literature and pop culture.  Guess who else shares my obsession? One of my favorite bloggers, Kristen […]

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