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The NotMom Summit 2017: The ONLY international conference for and about women without children by choice or by chance.
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Melanie Holmes

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Chicago, IL
Melanie Holmes is the mother of three:  two grown sons and a teenage daughter. Discouraged by those who view females only through the motherhood lens, and concerned for her daughter when she read an interview with an infertile woman who felt life wasn't worth living, Melanie embarked on a quest to uncover the level of assumptions about women's lives. 

Melanie interviewed/polled 200 women across the U.S. (and some international women), and discovered a high level of assumptions that reveal how women who don't want or don't achieve motherhood are viewed as "less than" their peers or dysfunctional by society.  Melanie's passion is diversity of thought and support for women's inner selves/future selves, whatever path they follow.

Her book, The Female Assumption: A Mother's Story Freeing Women From the View That Motherhood Is a Mandate, was honored with a Global Media Award as Best Book of 2014 for its message of education and equality for women by the Population Institute, an international non-profit.