"I wish we lived in a world that respected all women more, regardless of their reproductive habits. I wish we believed them when they say they know what want — and what they don’t want. ... And if I don’t tell you this enough, my childfree friends who’ve explored the world and innovated in your fields and just plain been the rock stars I am so privileged to know, I admire the living hell out of you. Thank you for sticking around even after I brought these two loud, messy people into the world. And on Sunday and every day, I wouldn’t change a damn thing about you."
-Mary Elizabeth Williams for SALON
“...I'm thinking of the aunties who bought the graduation shoes you wanted and could not afford, or who took you out to lunch or the ballet or to church — just you — and made you feel special. I'm thinking about your mom's friend who smoothed things over when you got caught making out with your boyfriend when you told her you were at the library, or the one who sat though your soccer games and birthday parties and really looked like she was having a good time. I'm thinking about your girl pal who shows up with a latte and takes your kids to the...So that's why today I want to say a special word of thanks to those who are not raising their own children but are helping to raise everyone else's. ...."
-Michel Martin for NPR
"...This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children. In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election..."
-Jennifer Aniston for HUFFPOST