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Apr112012

Community Profile: Marianne Bullock

In MotherWoman's monthly e-newsletter we're featuring profiles of women in our communtiy - for the month of April, we are happy to introduce and share the work of Marianne Bullock.

Marianne Bullock is a champion for mothers, a well-respected activist and community organizer. She’s an inspiring leader in the areas of social, economic and reproductive justice. She’s also an Ada Comstock scholar studying the legacy of state controlled birthing at Smith College.

Marianne has worked with MotherWoman and MomsRising.org to support passage of legislation that impacts families, such as Paycheck Fairness and Earned Paid Sick Time in MA. She’s also the co-founder of the Prison Birth Project, which focuses on reproductive justice, working to provide support, education and advocacy with women and girls at the intersection of the criminal system and motherhood.

She’s personally experienced the bind hardworking mothers face without paid sick days, which is a contributing factor to the poverty of mothers and children. Earned Paid Sick Time is not a hypothetical issue for her family. After the birth of her daughter, Sora, Marianne went back to work part-time. When Sora got sick with a fever of a 105, a rash, lethargy and vomiting, Marianne took two unpaid days off from work to care for her. As Marianne was on her way to work the third night, Sora vomited all over her. Upon calling her employer to report Sora’s continued illness, Marianne was fired on the spot.

Marianne Bullock is changing the world, and MotherWoman is proud to honor her contributions to the lives of mothers throughout our region.