U.S. MOTHERHOOD IN CRISIS

ACCORDING TO NEW DOCUMENTARY CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN ON MOMSTOO.ORG LAUNCHES AUGUST 5th

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Much like FAST FOOD NATION tackled our obesity epidemic or SICKO
chronicled the sometimes fatal flaws of our health care system, Samantha Rife’s Reclaim Motherhood is a relevant and timely feature-length documentary which attempts to explain why American culture grossly devalues motherhood and caregiving.

“If #MeToo is a rallying cry for sex abuse survivors and #TimesUp is the movement to chart a new path for women in the workplace, don’t mothers also deserve to finally secure respect and admiration for the crucial role they play in society?” said Reclaim Motherhood director/producer, Samantha Rife.

“We’re taking a deep look at the cultural and sociological factors at play, and we’re going a step farther and asking the question, “Is systemic and institutionalized sexism at the root of how mothers are perceived in our society?"

The answer, according to the documentary, is, "Yes." The film charts the culture’s depiction of mothers - sometimes superficial, sometimes outright hostile – and how these ideas limit the rights and potential of women and mothers.

The goal of Reclaim Motherhood is to empower mothers by showing that they need to be seen as hard-working, intelligent, contributing members of society who are molding society’s greatest assets: the next generation of children. Reclaim Motherhood also explores how American society and the economy would be different if both working moms and stay-at-home moms were modeled in a much more positive light to our children.

Reclaim Motherhood showcases one woman's journey to overcome her own feelings of inadequacy, which leads her to discover countless ways that motherhood has been undervalued in our ubercapitalistic society, as well as how the journey of motherhood has been diminished or misrepresented by the media, arts and entertainment, and public policy. Economists, cultural critics and academics provide the history of motherhood in America and how we interpret the responsibilities and duties of women in our society, as well as a path forward for women striving for a better future.

The film will also feature a diverse group of parents - both mothers and fathers - as well as a wide range of award-winning experts, scholars, journalists, and authors on the subject of motherhood such as:
• Award Winning Journalist, Sharon Lerner
• Pulitzer Nominee, Ann Crittenden – her book, The Price of Motherhood was listed by the
Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Ten Feminist Literary Works since the publication of Betty
Friedan's Feminine Mystique.
• Award Winning Author and Sociologist, Dr. Arlie Hochschild
• Award winning author and Professor Susan J. Douglas - her books have been named one of
the top ten books of the year by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly magazine and The McLaughlin Group
• Peggy Young - took her pregnancy discrimination case all the way to the Supreme Court
• Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for
Equitable Growth. The New York Times has called Boushey one of the “most vibrant voices in the field” and she testifies often before Congress on economic policy issues. Boushey previously served as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute

“Our story is global in nature,” said Rife. “Women pay a high price for motherhood across the world. It is not enough to talk work/life balance, childcare, sharing care, flexible working or the pay gap. Rather, what should be discussed is how motherhood is being erased from the worldwide public discourse through a grotesque systematic devaluation and marginalization.”
Reclaim Motherhood is currently in production. Having already shot 40 hours of footage, Ms. Rife will embark on a fundraising campaign on Sunday, August 5th to raise the final $45,000 she needs to complete the film. Information on how to donate to the film can be found at: http://MomsToo.org once the campaign launches. In the meantime, audiences can check out ReclaimMotherhood.com for background information on the documentary, which is also being billed as a “call-to-action” campaign.

Sponsors include Cake Maternity, BirchBox, FlexJobs, 1Million For Work Flexibility, Waterwipes,
BellaNové, Destination Maternity, Noobie Box, the Baby Box Co., Baby2Body, Vagenie, Mamava, Lilu, Lollaland, Mamapalooza, Museum of Motherhood, and Pura.

Also available for interviews regarding the film and its crowdfunding campaign are: Valerie Young, Joy Rose, and Lori Mihalich-Levin.

The social media links for the film are: @ReclaimMother (Twitter), @ReclaimMotherhood (Instagram) and http://www.Facebook.com/ReclaimMotherhood (Facebook).

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Reclaim Motherhood Documentary Director Samantha Rife Interviewed On Podcast

Samantha Rife, Director and Executive Producer, was recently interviewed about her future documentary, Reclaim Motherhood, and the stigmas of motherhood.

Media Contact
dana@reclaimmotherhood.com

Gettysburg, Pa. (December 24, 2017) — Samantha Rife, Director and Executive Producer, of the Samantha Rife, Director and Executive Producer, was recently interviewed by NOTHING OFF LIMITS. During the episode, Mrs. Rife spoke about about her upcoming #documentary #film and #social impact #campaign, Reclaim Motherhood. Samantha is on a mission to create greater awareness around the cultural stigmas associated with #motherhood (especially in the US) and to stop discrimination against #moms at work and in our communities.

Mrs. Rife also spoke about how mothers experience discrimination in the US, from deep-rooted assumptions about social or gender roles, for breastfeeding in public, and for not having a perfect body again after childbirth. Many women, particularly stay-at-home moms, become demoralized, feel alienated, and lose their personhood. They often lose their chance to return to their jobs.  Often, people judge them immediately when they say they are a full-time mom, assuming that they aren’t hard-working, that they aren’t intelligent or that they aren’t contributing members of society. Yet, they are molding society’s greatest assets – the next generation.

Mrs. Rife also shares her mission behind this film and the associated campaign which will target corporate HR departments as well as middle schools, high schools and universities.  You will hear examples of the struggles that mothers often face at work, with the government, and in their communities. She also shares the importance of bridging the gap between people who choose to be parents and those who choose to be childless.

Listen now to the interview with Samantha to find out more about her film and how you can contribute to this important cause:

http://ladyfoxentertainment.michelleannowens.com/2017/12/24/documentary-dire…as-of-motherhood/

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nothing-off-limits/id1119685200?mt=2

Google Play:
http://subscribeonandroid.com/ladyfoxentertainment.com/feed/podcast/

Stitcher:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/michelle-ann-owens/nothing-off-limits

About Reclaim Motherhood

Please visit:

JOIN THE “MOMMY MOVEMENT” ON TWITTER @RECLAIMMOTHER
WEB: HTTP://WWW.RECLAIMMOTHERHOOD.COM
FACEBOOK: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RECLAIMMOTHERHOOD/

About Samantha Rife

Director and Executive Producer, Samantha Rife, has been on both sides of the net. While 8 months pregnant, Mrs. Rife was laid off from her full-time employer. Since then, Samantha has given birth to two children - and has negotiated between; SAHM to part-timer, to full-timer, and entrepreneur, while caring for her husband and brood.

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If you’d like more information about the “Reclaim Motherhood” Documentary Project, or if you would like to be interviewed for an opportunity for your story to be included in “Reclaim Motherhood” documentary, email the director, Samantha Rife at info@reclaimmotherhood.com. 

Seven New Limited-Edition T-shirts Benefitting Reclaim Motherhood

Available now with 100 Percent of the Net Proceeds Going to the Call to Action Campaign and Documemtary Reclaim Motherhood

Media Contact
dana@reclaimmotherhood.com

Gettysburg, Pa. (June 15, 2017) — Reclaim Motherhood has designed seven new limited-edition T-shirts to shine a light on motherhood and caregiving in the United States. The first campaign, is available starting today through June 19th, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to Reclaim Motherhood. The T-shirts will be available at https://teespring.com/stores/reclaim-motherhood-store

The T-shirts will help support the campaign and documentary's efforts to raise awareness of American society’s social and cultural stigma towards motherhood and caregiving and to ensure a world where mothers will be seen as hard-working, intelligent, contributing members of society who are molding society’s greatest assets: the next generation of children – children who need to be properly nourished, loved, and nurtured.  There is no more important task.

Reclaim Motherhood invites supporters and influencers to get involved, take a photo in the T-shirt and spread the campaign on social media using #ReclaimMotherhood.

With the Documentary Reclaim Motherhood we will campaign on the crucial nature and inherent value of motherhood by providing an uncensored look into how the cultural stigma of motherhood impacts mothers, fathers and families across the United States -- in how they raise their families and view themselves.

Please visit:
Join the “Mommy Movement” on twitter @reclaimmother
Web: http://www.reclaimmotherhood.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reclaimmotherhood/

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If you’d like more information about the “Reclaim Motherhood” Documentary Project, or if you would like to be interviewed for an opportunity for your story to be included in “Reclaim Motherhood” documentary, email the director, Samantha Rife at info@reclaimmotherhood.com.

“Mom Is A Dirty Word” Unveils New Name and Brand Identity for Feature Documentary: “Reclaim Motherhood”

 Gettysburg, PA — May 14, 2017 — Feature Documentary Reclaim Motherhood, formerly known as Mom Is A Dirty Word unveiled a new name, website, logo and tagline as part of a rebranding initiative announced today.

The new name, Reclaim Motherhood, and tagline, “Exploration of Motherhood and the identity of “Mom” in the USA,” has been implemented to better reflect the call-to-action campaign and documentary’s mission to empower mothers to challenge American society’s social and cultural stigma towards motherhood and caregiving.

“Reclaim Motherhood” is the brainchild of producer and director Samantha Rife. Through one-on-one interviews with Moms, Dads, policy-makers, and experts, Ms. Rife raises questions she never considered before becoming a Mother herself, such as: “Does free-market capitalism put emphasis on career at the expense of Family?” and “Are women punished for having children?” and “Why do we leave maternity leave to the discretion of US companies instead of Federally mandating policy that protects the family’s interest?” Explains Ms. Rife: “Of course my husband and I expected certain challenges with the birth of our first child. But I never imagined that society would challenge my very identity and ability to support my family.”

The documentary delves into what many claim to be the contradictory nature of how Mothers are stereotyped. “American culture worships, and at the same time demonizes Mothers,” says Ms. Rife. “Once you become a Mom, there is an implicit understanding that you can no longer be sexy, that you’re selfish for maintaining a professional job, or if you stay-at-home – you’re given a pat on the back for your sacrifice but considered boring, less competent, and not worth listening to. “Reclaim Motherhood” demonstrates that Mothers are people: with real people identities.”

Reclaim Motherhood is also delighted to announce that Dana Amma Day has joined the mission to help develop production development finance, and assist with brand partnership, and celebrity endorsement to attract those who feel aligned with the documentary and campaigns goals. Dana has had an extensive and diverse career at the fore-front of the entertainment, advertising and media industry specializing in PR and Marketing for music, television, film and digital media. In recent years she has become an active journalist in the environmental and positive society sectors creating the news channel Positive TV. Dana is an experienced executive producer and producer in film and television with film and documentary credits in the UK. Dana has made a significant impact upon the success of many businesses and media companies and networks around the world.

The updated logo and tagline represents the documentary's primary goals:

  • Ending the so-called “mommy wars”.
  • Ensuring a place in the mother’s movement for every kind of mother.
  • Resisting the demonization of mothers socially, by use of the stigma, "bad" mothers”.
  • Affirming the necessary work of caring for children and the fact that both men and women, together, must assume responsibility for this labor.
  • Reaching out to younger women.
  • Ending the misrepresentation of mothers and mothering in mass media.
  • Normalizing the bodies of mothers.
  • Articulating a unified agenda for the mothers' movement and encouraging the building of a coalition based upon this agenda.

Nearing completion of the production phase, the feature documentary has filmed over a third of the film and seeks funds for a push through the homestretch.

Set to debut in 2018, Rife is excited to wrap up production on her film. “Most people are surprised to learn that among wealthy nations, the United States fails in almost every measure to support Mothers. And when you fail to support Moms, you fail to support children, families, and communities. Moms need more support – and it’s going to take a lot more than a Hallmark card. This film will make a difference.”         

The campaign launches on this Mother’s Day to raise film production funds.

Please visit:

Join the “Mommy Movement” on twitter @reclaimmother

Web: http://www.reclaimmotherhood.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reclaimmotherhood/

About Samantha Rife
Producer, Samantha Rife, has been on both sides of the net. While 8 months pregnant, Ms. Rife was laid off from her full-time employer. Since then, Rife has given birth to two children - and has negotiated between; SAHM to part-timer, to full-timer, and entrepreneur, while caring for her husband and brood.

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If you’d like more information about the “Reclaim Motherhood” Documentary Project, or if you would like to be interviewed for an opportunity for your story to be included in “Reclaim Motherhood” documentary, email the director, Samantha Rife at info@reclaimmotherhood.com.