Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

As a newly licensed foster parent, I prepared myself for heartache and red tape. Despite that, as we waited for our first placement I was excited more than anything to be a mom.

When the day came and the reality didn’t match my understanding or expectations of motherhood, I struggled to come to terms with it. I felt ashamed to tell anyone that I was feeling anything less than total, overwhelming love for this small, disruptive addition to my life.

Society’s expectations of mothers are steep, and don’t allow for real conversations about what it means to be a parent. It’s a huge sacrifice of your lifestyle, and the expectation that we enjoy it even half of the time can be crushing, mentally and physically.

The Women’s March is almost here. These are the hard questions I must ask of the movement.

As a white woman, I can’t risk repeating the failures of our past

We’re bombarded with messages about losing weight around the new year. Here’s how I cope.

I had to learn to listen to what my body wants and needs above all else

The Lily published work from over 70 female artists this year. See our favorites.

Stories, murals, a tote bag and a zine