Media representation. It’s really important.
What exactly is it? Well, when you see someone portrayed in a book, movie, television show, etc., that is like you, it validates your existence in a way. Seeing someone like you in art helps empower you because you have the ability to see someone you identify with succeeding or overcoming something difficult. That’s why we need more diverse characters in media overall, but for today I wanted to celebrate a few women that I’m hoping you’re able to identify with, and are therefore inspired by them!
Here’s a list of creative moms who love their babies, but also value and pursue their creative passions!
Jane Gloriana Villanuvea – Jane The Virgin
Jane the Virgin is easily my favorite show on television (or maybe of all time??). This show has so many incredibly rich layers, but when it is all said and done, you can’t help but love Jane. She’s a talented writer trying to figure out her path towards becoming a “real” writer when she is accidentally artificially inseminated–I know! Oh, and she’s a devout Catholic. When her son Mateo is born, we get to see how Jane balances chasing her dreams and motherhood (not to mention a complicated love triangle AND her crazy, yet lovable family.) If you’re not watching Jane the Virgin, you’re missing out. The first two seasons are on Netflix and you can watch the rest on Amazon or the CW app! Warning: This show is super addictive!!
J.C. Wiatt in Baby Boom
If you haven’t seen this movie, you need to! It came out in 1987 and it’s one of those wonderful nostalgic classics that makes you miss your childhood. Diane Keaton plays J.C. Wiatt, a powerful business woman who is… efficient and all business. But when some relatives die, she is suddenly a new mom to a sweet baby and her whole life flips upside down. She decided to make some homemade baby food for her little one and starts selling it to her old New York City friends. Without spoiling the movie, you get to see whether or not her creative business takes off and how her life is impacted.
Millie Braverman and Jasmine Braverman – Parenthood
I’m counting these ladies as one since they’re from the same show, but I love both of them. Millie, the matriarch of her family, has four adult children and when the show starts we see that she and her husband are having marital trouble. While the show does use her painting as a device to get her into a little trouble, don’t you just love seeing how her painting makes Millie feel alive? Creative moms need to value their creative identity at any age or stage! And Jasmine… what’s not to love about Jasmine. She’s a dancer and has to find a balance between her creative work and motherhood.
Caroline Clairmont – Chocolat
Another awesome movie, this one is about a single mother who has her priorities straight in small town in France where women are expected to do nothing more than care for their families and attend church. Not only does she take a stand against domestic abuse, but she also lives a life that is free and meaningful because she is able to practice her passion: making chocolates. Oh and there’s also a sweet love story in the movie.
Rebecca Pearson – This Is Us
If you ever need a good cry, watch This Is Us. It’s wonderful and well done. But for all of her strengths, fears, and flaws, Rebecca Pearson raises her three babies (Big Three!!) and still pursues her dream of being a singer. She is able to do this, in part, because of her amazing husband Jack (Milo Ventimglia, Jess from Gilmore Girls). He takes care of the kids and is so great when it comes to his wife valuing herself even when things get hard. I know it’s a drama and things went a little bit awry, but I think it’s important to see that despite the difficulties, she still goes after doing what fulfills her. I think that’s awesome.
Who is your favorite creative mom on TV or in a movie? Who inspires you?
Can’t wait to hear who you love!!
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