political inactivity

As a Sahm with four children I am finding it hard to be as politically active as I once was, I wonder if some of this is because of the way political parties are geared more towards people who work or if its just that having children means that they are my priority?

I am finding it strange being this uninvolved with political happenings that used to be hugely important to me, I am disconnected from most of the Labour party because I arent attending meeting and are not really using the social network for keeping in the loop... it made me start wondering about political organisation and women in general.

Women are not well represented in most elected positions in our country, some of this is that they are not shoulder tapped and asked to stand and parts of it are that they just dont have the time because they are doing everything else.

I managed to stay active when I had my first baby, with number 2 I was still in the loop as well, but with 3 and 4 I have drifted further from it, some of it is to do with meeting times and some because I am too busy keeping our house running....

It saddens me that I am so distant from something that is still a huge passion for me, and that the opportunities to interact are limited in some ways....

I think I need to find new ways to keep my political involvement in the Labour party and in society in general. I wonder if Mums voices are heard very often at all? Probably not because we don't always have time or we feel that we are not listened too or valued as part of society, I would love to know what other people think about this.



Anna S said...
March 4, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Yes, it can be quite tricky staying politically involved as a parent. Lots of meetings and fundraisers start at 5.30 or 6pm, easy times for those at work to get to. They can just go straight from work, and not have to bother getting home and back again. A meeting that starts at 6 is probably the very worst time for a SAHM. It's the busiest time of the day for me, getting everyone fed and ready for bed. I used to be very politically active, too. These days I am a bit, but I can only get to so many meetings.

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