As a company, we are committed to offering high-quality programming that will help youÛÓthe edgy momÛÓaccomplish the impossible. We will do this while honoring your entire journey, using our ÛÏnothingÛªs wastedÛ approach. While your pathway to entrepreneurship, the C-suite, becoming a doctorÛ_and raising your child(ren) may look different from more ÛÏtraditionalÛ ones, we identify, extract and apply value from the route you took. And we help you build a strategy for success the quest youÛªve come from as much as it honors the one you are on. In exchange, we ask that you believe in your ability to do the impossibleÛ_and that you put in the work to make it happenÛ_With this pact, letÛªs be bad moms who do extraordinary things!
CONCEPT BEFORE COMPANY
Long before Infamous Mothers existed as a business, it was a concept that I created for my PhD dissertation. As a graduate student, I had fallen in love with feminism, motherhood studies and rhetoric. I began applying these lenses to the literature I was reading, and I realized that I wanted to see mothers like me represented with more depth and complexity. I wanted to see the teen mother or the recovering addict or the single mother or the divorcee as women who could save the dayÛ_as women who could be heroes in our society. And it was important to me that their heroism wasnÛªt just about overcoming their own personal struggle. It had to be about that AND saving a community, a nation or a world.
BADDER THAN BAD
In literature, this woman had to be more than an outlawÛ_she had to be infamous. She had to be someone who had been seen as both morally deviant or reprehensible AND as someone who was integral to stopping a genocide, changing policy, sparking a revolution.
As I began crafting this concept for my research, I presented it to the world in the form of the Infamous Mothers website. On it was what became known as the Infamous Mothers manifesto. Soon after, we became an formal LLC, published a book, delivered a TEDx talk, went on tour, and opened for WomenÛªs March – Madison. Over time, we put on our first annual conference, The Talk Back, and brought to theater a stage adaptation of the Infamous Mothers coffee table book; it sold out opening night.
INFAMOUS MOTHERS 2.0
In 2019, we presented to the world Infamous Mothers 2.0ÛÓa culmination of all the lessons we learned from the time of our inception to the current day. The first biggest lesson was that we had to expand the infamous mothers concept to include mothers who are pushing boundaries in private and at work. They are the women who innovate and challenge ideas of what a mother can and should be. Like us, they are the troublemakers, defiant and rebellious ones. They are infamous.
PROGRAMMING, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA
The second biggest lesson we learned is that our work had to be about more than telling our stories. It had to be about creating media, technology and programming that remove barriers for mothers, invite them to grow and stand at their full height and help create a world that sees the value of supporting this expansion.