As women, mothers, and caregivers we are innate leaders and critical change agents. We seek to create lasting and impactful changes starting from within, and rippling outward. Maternal feminism makes peace with the maternal identity, and recognizes that “mother” represents both a biological and relational role. We recognize and honor the “mothering” relationships genuinely offered by powerful aunties, sisters, daughters, and friends the world over.
Carolina Sagebin Allen, the founder of Big Ocean Women, chose the name based on her vision of the power of a collective body in shaping the future. Although the image of the wave is used by mainstream feminists to define their movement, Big Ocean represents more than a wave. It represents a vast and enduring ocean of women who now have a philosophical home in the tenets of maternal feminism. It is a place where women of all faiths, cultures, and life circumstances can find sisterhood and validation. Even among ourselves we will not agree on everything (how boring if we did!), but we work to find common ground and create the world we seek, together, wherever we can.
Our 12 Tenets
We are all born with the innate capacity to decipher which actions will bring about the most good for us and others. This is our internal compass, and can be developed and refined through practice. When we learn to understand it and act upon it, it can help us make choices that will increase our joy and our capacity to influence for good.