Author(s): Rebecca Walker
After a lifetime of ambivalence about becoming a mother (and uncertainty about the role of the mother in contemporary society) RebeccaWalker decided to have a baby. She had been raised by her mother, the feminist novelist Alice Walker, as a member of a watershed generation of women who are the first to believe that no job or lifestyle is unattainable. Rebecca Walker had become one of America’s most acclaimed young writers. For those under forty, parenthood can be seen to be the least empowering choice in a woman’s options. The promise of ‘having it all’ is ambiguous about motherhood, a woman risks being emotionally drained and intellectually stunted. In caring for her baby can a mother come to lose herself?