BlogHer '10 Speaker Spotlight -- May 18, 2010: Change Agents

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At BlogHer's first conference in 2005, a group of MommyBloggers convened in a packed Room of Your Own session. At the end of the day, blogger Alice Bradley (aka finslippy) coalesced the tribe by declaring, "MommyBlogging is a radical act!" to cheers. Five years later, "MommyBlogging" is unquestionably acknowledged by the mainstream, and with that mainstream attention comes, occasionally, controversy, but also opportunity. This session focuses on those moms who are seizing that opportunity to become passionate activists for a variety of causes, and have used their influential blogs to advocate for the causes and issues they support. We're calling this session "Radical Blogging Moms: Don't Even Think About Not Taking These Moms Seriously." Here's the description:

We’ve explored how “mommyblogging is a radical act,” but what happens when truly radical moms blog? For these bloggers motherhood isn’t the topic, it’s a catalyst for a new level of activism. Does naming motherhood as a fundamental part of these women’s identities impact how seriously they are taken? At the intersection of motherhood and activism, you’ll find these bloggers raising their voices, raising the roof, raising a stink and raising the visibility of their target issues, all while raising their kids.

Meet the speakers:

Joanne Bamberger is a progressive mom, a political analyst and commentator, and a new media strategist. She regularly contributes to a variety of news sites and magazines, and is an expert on the increasing political involvement of mothers, which is the topic of her book, Mothers of Intention, due out this fall. Joanne blogs at PunditMom.

Annie Urban uses her blog to advocate for political and societal changes as they relate to parenting, breastfeeding, babywearing, child discipline, and gender issues and feminism. She is passionate about providing resources to help parents and children be their best. Annie blogs at PhD in Parenting

Marie Stroughter is a homeschooling mom, a writer and editor, and a weekly radio show host. She co-founded African-American Conservatives, where she publishes right-leaning political commentary from a cultural perspective.

Stephanie Roberts is a documentary photographer who photoblogs at her site, LittlePurpleCow Productions. She is also a partner of Shutter Sisters, whose Picture Hope project has taken Stephanie around the world sharing stories of hope (where life seems hopeless) through her lens. 


Have you ever raised an issue on your blog, or started an entirely new site supporting your cause? Or are you passionate about an issue, but have been shy to bring it up on your blog up until now? What has been successful, and what has silenced you? In what ways do you share online about causes that really excite you? Are you proud to trumpet your parenthood as a driving force behind your activism, or do you avoid over-identifying as a mom because you're wary of being pigeonholed?  Share your story, and let's learn from each other. 

About the Speaker Spotlight Series: BlogHer is excited about our upcoming conferences this summer (yes, conferences, plural: BlogHer Business '10, White House Project Workshop and BlogHer '10 will all be taking place under one roof in New York City this August). Though we may still be a few months away, we figure it's never too early to begin introducing you to our speakers. Over the next many weeks, I'll randomly select a panel or two to highlight each Tuesday. Though the panels are randomly selected, our speakers are not -- we take great care in researching, considering and inviting speakers for each conference, with a special focus on featuring new and diverse voices. We hope you’ll learn a lot, think a lot and jump into lively conversations with these speakers!

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