Wednesday, August 09, 2006

America's New Comic Book Superheroine and the Cost of Caring

I love this concept!: America's first true female super-hero since Wonder Woman ~ Carrie Giver. Conceived for the Caregiver Credit Campaign,the feminist superhero will "have politicians and hairdressers, women and girls, hardhats and female executives, right along with caregivers re-thinking personal and social policy, including Social Security. Carrie Giver will be kicking butt in the name of hundreds of millions of people, especially mothers, who give care to the young and old alike each and every day."

More from the designer's website: "This timely comic book reflects the attention now being paid to America's rapidly growing mammogram generation (squeezed on both sides), soon to be in need of care themselves - e.g., aging baby boomers. The trend of first time Hollywood moms, posed against both a right wing view of motherhood-or-nothing and the career-first pressures of still many other women, make this the perfect time for media outlets to talk about the value of caregiving to both children and older people. It affects 100 percent of Americans, and is a worldwide concern as western nations age. We all come into the world in need of care. We all exit the same way. Sooner or later, most of us become caregivers."

1 comment:

Emilie Clemmens said...

I had seen this a few months ago when it was posted on a website of another organization with which I'm involved, Mothers & More, a national organization that advocates for valuing the paid and unpaid work of mothers do.

It (almost) goes without saying that caregiving and nurturing positions are horribly undervalued in our culture. I have some perspective from both sides of this issue, as a scientist/engineer, a mother, and a teacher. You know, Mother's Day just doesn't cut it for me as "valuing" what I do. Go Carrie Giver, go!