Talking to reporters is nothing new to me...it's a regular part of my job. But an interview a couple of weeks ago wasn't work-related. At least not directly. Rather, it was about the resurrected "Mommy Wars" conversation that was sparked by recent negative comments directed at Ann Romney's career choice. (See my blog post here about that controversy.)
Interestingly enough, the Standard Examiner newspaper reporter didn't find me via my blog about life as a working mom. Nor did she get my contact info from my day job (I'm listed as the media contact for my company). It was a good friend who is well-known in the community as a home economics super professional, not to mention working mom extraordinaire, who gave the reporter my name and number. I was more than happy to spend 45 minutes on the phone speaking about a topic I'm passionate about.
For the record, I don't consider myself a soldier in the Mommy Wars (as the article headline suggests), because I don't see myself in battle with anyone. I take the "I'm a lover, not a figher" stance when it comes to issues surrounding working moms and stay-at-home moms. I think the reporter did a good job of expressing my views on the subject.
Here's a link to the article with my interview, along with the interviews of three other women.
9 months ago