“I wasn’t sure what to expect, but…
Meghan Daum, 2015 Guggenheim fellow, author, and editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers On The Decision Not To Have Kids:
“I was deeply moved by my experience at the NotMom Summit in the fall of 2015. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was genuinely impressed and also reminded again just how significant a demographic this is and how it’s too often underrepresented in mainstream culture. Last year, I published a book called Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. It featured personal stories from a wide range of men and women, some who’d always known they didn’t want to be parents and some who came to the decision later in life after a deep and painstaking reckoning.
“When I first proposed the book to publishers, I was told that the audience for such a book was small, that this was a “niche” project and that they applauded my mission but didn’t expect big sales. As it turned out (and as I’d long suspected), the book was a huge success. Not only did it garner an enormous amount of publicity and enthusiasm, it became a New York Times Bestseller and was a guiding force in a growing conversation about life choices and the validity of choosing not to have kids. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t hear from someone (often in places in the world where such choices are frowned upon if not downright punished) telling me how much they appreciate this conversation and hope it becomes more normalized and accepted.
Marjorie Greenfield MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/MacDonald Women’s Hospital/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center:
“I attended this meeting as a speaker, talking about medical aspects of not having children. I didn’t know what to expect. What I found was an engaged and diverse group of women at all stages of life—from young women considering living child-free, through older women who had never had children on purpose, or who had suffered infertility—the themes of “by chance or by choice”. The meeting was powerful because of the women who attended. They were very open in sharing their experiences, and I believe they found a sisterhood in the unique themes and topics. I saw women connecting, crying, laughing, and teaching each other. It was an amazing day!”
“The NotMom Summit balanced experiences so that everyone felt included and valued. Congratulations on bringing so much joy to so many women.”
“We are always looking for ways to reach our target market – childless women with pets – and The NotMom Summit offers a unique audience we hadn’t been able to reach in such a specific way.”
Maxine Trump, documentary producer/director, Helpman Productions:
“Thank you so much to the inspiring duo of Karen Malone Wright and Laura LaVoie who always make us feel supported. The Not Mom Summit was a huge part of my personal and filmmaking journey. Thank you for giving us that space.”