Raising Mothersis creating A Literary Magazine
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Members at $5/month will have their names included in our monthly newsletter. After 2 months at this level, we’ll list you as a “Sustaining Patron”. After 10 months, we will list you at the Gold level. After 20 months, we will list you at the Platinum level.
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After 1 month, you will be listed as a “Sustaining Patron”. After 5 months, you will be listed at the Gold level. After 10 months, you will be listed at the Platinum level.
Each month, we send out a newsletter detailing things we feel would be of value to you. Members at this tiercan contact us to mention either a project you are working on or a product you sell (things related to parenting, writing, social justice, etc only). Email before selecting to see if this is a good fit. You can also opt to not promote anything. This is available at this tier only.
Raising Mothers is made possible by a rotating host of amazing writers that have been gracious enough to lend their words to our mission. We’ve featured stories on miscarriage, aging, co-parenting, adoption. We’ve interviewed preemie mothers, mothers that are single parents, interracial families and mothers living abroad.
Q: What makes Raising Mothers different from other parenting sites?
We focus exclusively on marginalized parents. We strive for inclusivity. We represent all walks of life and want to amplify the voices of the underrepresented. Far too often, Black and Brown and trans voices are either silenced or used as a token. At Raising Mothers, we are the standard. Even if you don’t personally identify as someone of color, how refreshing to have a resource dedicated to us? Something you can support and show up to as an ally. Something you can share with friends as another invaluable parenting resource.
We are real. Our stories reflect us; always honest, raw, and vulnerable. We discuss everything—miscarriage, body image, infertility, postpartum depression, etc. We embrace the tougher parts of parenting, and hold space for those who do not wish to parent at all.
Q: But I already enjoy Raising Mothers for free; why should I pay for it?
Glad you asked! Here’s a few reasons why:
1. All of our time and focus should go into the work, not pulling numbers for advertisers. Our site is currently ad-free and it will remain that way. It’s about content and connection.
2. We believe marginalized people MUST be paid for their work. Raising Mothers is valuable and we know you believe so too. When you support us financially, you are encouraging and affirming us as writers and artists. We’ve been fortunate to have writers essentially donate their words to us, but that shouldn’t be the case going forward. Writers deserve to earn a living from their craft. Especially writers of color, who are historically underpaid and overburdened as it is. A lot of our writers are freelance parents.
3. We need this in order to grow. Our site isn’t financially backed by private donors or institutions or any other benefactors; it exists as one woman’s dream and vision and is flourishing into more. We plan to grow Raising Mothers in the future through adding paid staff and pursuing more opportunities to connect with and encourage you. There are literary membership fees and other admin expenses as well. We want Raising Mothers to reach its full potential, and with your help, that’s a tangible reality!
4. We believe in equal access. No pay walls. No bonus content. Everyone deserves to have access to the same information regardless of the tier they come in on. Regardless of whether they can pay or not. There is nothing revolutionary about denying access to information because you are cash poor.
That’s great, but . . . I don't care if you have ads.
Our focus should always be on the work and not on ad placements. Plus, if we’re being really honest, ads can be jarring when you’re engrossed in reading. Being 100% financially supported by our readers is the ultimate goal.
We believe in the power of community! If everyone who regularly reads Raising Mothers gave $2 a month, we'd be able to put money directly into the hands of our writers and artists immediately. Our tiers reflect our goals. We don’t expect our readers to feel compelled to give beyond their means. That would be in direct contrast to what we hope our site provides.
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