Thoughts and ideas to inspire, uplift and affirm the childless and childfree, by circumstance and by choice
I’ve been adding more and more inspiring images to the pinterest board of childless and childfree women. For those of you not following the collection there, here are some recent additions.
The women on the pinboard inspire me like nothing else. But I also find it inspiring to remember that they are only the tip of the iceberg.
Since I began this project a couple of weeks ago I’ve had a growing awareness that for every woman whose image I find, there is a whole host of others whose names I’ll never know, but who have contributed in all kinds of ways to the world I now live in. I like thinking about the trees and crops they’ve planted, the animals they’ve cared for, the homes they’ve created, the people they’ve influenced and helped and fed, the votes they’ve cast, the joys and troubles they’ve experienced, the stories they’ve told and the beautiful things they’ve loved, collected and preserved.
Though non-mothers might be worlds apart from eachother in some ways, I also like reflecting on the likelihood that everything I think of in relation to being childless/childfree has almost certainly been thought of by at least one of them before.
If you’d like to read about the criteria for the inclusion of women on the pinterest board, it is explained on the faq page. You might also be interested to consider a possible explanation for being childfree/childless and extraordinary achievement in women’s history.
But in the meantime, is there anyone on the board you find especially inspiring? Is there anyone who you’d like to see added? I’d love to hear from you if so.