May 18, 2021
Dr. Riane Eisler was a featured speaker at the Mother’s Day Amplifying Her Voice: “In Moms We Trust” Summit. Dr.Eisler was a panelist on the Marshall Plans for Moms (&Dads) summit and delivered her opening keynote: “The Real Wealth of Nations”, on May 11th, 2021.
The summit, hosted by the State of Women Institute, was a three day virtual event aimed at elevating the voices of women and moms around the world.
All three panelists discussed the way the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted moms, women, and girls. They highlighted the impact that Saujani’s Marshall Plan for Moms has had on launching the conversation of valuing care work into the public sphere. They talk about how black girls have been severely impacted by the pandemic in terms of education, because they had to do the majority of the caretaking.
All panelists emphasized the need to put pressure on companies, governments, and our families in order to make care work be valued, and the need to rebuild caregiving so it works for all.
Dr.Eisler stated how men must be be involved in conversations about care work so that caring work isn’t perceived as a ‘feminine task’. Saujani eloquently stated that a major issue is, “We haven’t created a society where we honor the man who does laundry.”
Watch the entire discussion below:
In the opening keynote, Dr.Eisler discussed how to move to a more equitable, caring, and sustaining world. Eisler explains how covid-19 has provided an opportunity to change our current economic rules and thinking:
“We hear so much about returning to normal. Do we want to return to normal, where 1/3 of all children live in poverty? A world with a lack of support for moms and other care givers?”