The past few years have been a period of intense self-examination for America. Many of us are wondering why things seem to be falling apart, and how we can build a society designed around solidarity and mutual care. Amidst all of these moving parts, it’s vital that we remember to ask how mothers and children are faring in contemporary America. And as we work together to imagine a better country, what do we owe our children, and those who shepherd them into the world?
Jennifer Banks is Senior Executive Editor at Yale University Press where she has been an editor since 2007. A graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has also worked at International Creative Management, Harvard University Press, and the Continuum International Publishing Group (now Bloomsbury). Her book Natality: Reflections on Birth is forthcoming from W. W. Norton. She lives with her husband and three children in New England.
Leah Libresco Sargeant is the author of two books, Arriving at Amen and Building the Benedict Option. She runs “Other Feminisms” a substack community focused on interdependence, not autonomy.
Anne Snyder is the Editor-in-Chief of Comment Magazine and the host of Breaking Ground, a collaborative web commons created in 2020 to try to inspire a dynamic cross-section of thinkers and practitioners to respond to the major crises of this year with wisdom, hope and courage. Anne is also a 2020 Emerson Collective Fellow and the author of The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Renewing our Social and Moral Landscape.