Actress and designer Christina Fulton is on the move to help single moms. She has created a charity organization, The Single Mom Foundation, to start tackling some of the issues that stand before us single mothers. At a fashion show on May 9th, a show entitled, “Save America’s Single Moms!”, the intriguing Ms. Fulton will unveil her clothing line and donate a portion of the proceeds to this foundation. I’m wondering, is this for real? How much support, leadership, lobbying, and fundraising can her foundation ultimately do? Their website is just a splash page–there’s not even a word about how to make a donation, let alone how to join, how to support, or how to work with this organization. Seems someone had a bright idea back in 2005 and then faltered. I hope Ms. Fulton can breathe life back into this useful project!
I’m curious. What DOES a Single Mom clothing line look like? I’d guess it needs to be something that can convert from a size eight to a size ten, fully reversible so when the baby spits up on our way out the door we can just turn the shirt inside out and keep on going. Something that can look good at 6AM when we walk out the door, survive breakfast with a cranky toddler, a crazy commute, four conference calls, three play dates, two three hour meetings and a burned dinner. What do you think? Shall we make Pea Soup Green the color du jour?
Just what we all need to hide our single mom didn’t get a chance to shower today hair: baseball caps. Judging from her other pictures on her website, she does not lead the same kind of single mama life I lead. For one thing, I wouldn’t be able to wear that black lace dress. I don’t have time to do the workout maintenance that that dress requires. And my son likes pantyhose far too much as it is for me to keep any of that other stuff in my drawers, assuming I could afford to buy such frivolous things. Sigh. I work very hard to be taken seriously and have a bit of fun at the same time. Us single moms do need an organization that can help us find decent clothes for job interviews, training to get job interviews, and education to get good jobs and keep moving up the corporate ladder. We need help on subsidized rents, so we aren’t spending at least half our paychecks on the rent check alone every month. We need decent child care so our children are loved when we’re not there to love them and our mothers, fathers, sisters and aunts get a break from helping us make ends meet. We need a grass roots organizer who can shout our wants to the rafters and bring our potential to bear on the people who make the rules in this country.
I’m sorry, Christina, but I need something a little stronger than a baseball cap.
(this entire rant was mostly inspired by poor PR, bad timing, slipshod planning, marketing, and crappy website design… forgive me)