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There are 4 comments on POV: We Must Recognize Michelle Wu’s Motherhood in Her Historic Boston Mayoral Win

  1. Interesting. Reading this article it seems like kids can only have an even number of fathers. Perhaps we can say more about the changing expectations in families which are open about having an odd number of fathers?

  2. The woke-left rhetoric of this essay is truly painful and sad. Also, the lengths that the writer goes to to avoid even mentioning Conor Pewarski, Mayor Wu’s husband of nine years and father of her children. As though he doesn’t even exist and is not a participant in Mayor Wu’s family creation initiative that is clearly important and even central to her life. Perhaps it’s because he’s one of those dreaded “White Males”? (Apologies for the capital letters.)

  3. This was a very interesting article to read! As a woman myself who for a long time wanted to go into academia, I discovered many people within my prospective field without a family or children. With female representation in politics, we tend to see women act more masculine in order to be taken seriously, and a consequence of that is choosing not to have children. I’m currently writing an Op-Ed in my WR415 class on the Child Care industry, and why many parents are choosing to have fewer children or even none at all. I feel as though Motherhood is constantly critiqued and debated- like should mothers have help raising children? Many of these questions and debates are used to simplify the difficult roles that mothers have to take on. I fully agree with your message, recognizing Michelle Wu’s motherhood is an important part of the change. Mothers should be able to hold positions of power as well as raise their children, they should not have to sacrifice one for the other.

  4. This article is fascinating to read and very well explained. The vivid depiction of Mayor Wu bringing her children to work resonates with my real-life impression of her. Last Sunday, I coincidentally walked by her public speech in front of a peaceful demonstration for Ukraine. She started her address by thanking the presence of her husband and her two sons, who stood by her side as she delivered the talk. I was surprised, as the article suggests, by the visibility of her children and family in front of the public. I agree with the author that Wu is fully embracing her motherhood, and maybe educating her children with the example of her advocacy, strength, and care for the community.

    Standing at the park, I couldn’t help but wonder what Wu’s sons would feel to see their mother giving a public speech on a Sunday: will they resent that they are brought to a political event instead of an amusement park, or will they feel empowered by their mother’s actions and words? This Op-Ed gives an answer: Wu’s “mother-get-it-done” attitude might serve as an inspiration for not only her own kids but also for mothers in the crowd. Personally, I’ve heard stories of successful women having to choose only one from career and childbirth. This article illuminates that there is no need for compromise: with a fierce determination to “get it done,” mothers can truly have it all.

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