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Practical, everyday feminism: mothers, politicians, and Mumsnet.

Pedersen, Sarah



This Viewpoint positions the contemporary UK parenting website Mumsnet within the wider history of mothers' organisations' interactions with politics and politicians over the last 100 years. While the politicisation of motherhood is nothing new, and Mumsnet follows its predecessors in insisting on an apolitical stance, Mumsnet users are unusual in their willingness to embrace an identity as feminists and to engage in debate on controversial contemporary issues. Mumsnet has been attacked by some for allowing such conversations to happen, and praised by others for its commitment to a policy of freedom of speech. In this way, it has continued the historical role of the media in the creation and support of organised women's voices on contemporary political issues.


PEDERSEN, S. 2021. Practical, everyday feminism: mothers, politicians, and Mumsnet. Women's history review [online], 30(3), pages 509-519. Available from:

Journal Article Type Commentary
Acceptance Date Dec 3, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 29, 2020
Publication Date Jun 30, 2021
Deposit Date Dec 4, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 30, 2022
Journal Women's history review
Print ISSN 0961-2025
Electronic ISSN 1747-583X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 3
Pages 509-519
Keywords Feminism; Women and politics; Women and society; Mumsnet
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