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Who Are We?


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Who Are We?


 

 

Our Manifesto...Our Signature

In the mothering world, we do more than break the rules.  

We’re worse than outlaws. We’re infamous.  We are teen mothers, women with multiple children by multiple men.  We are women who smoked crack, prostituted, stripped, and so on. We are your welfare queens and all the things that polite society shuns.   But we’re still mothers.  

 

On the other hand, some of us are respectable. 

The circumstances that made us mothers are not. Our children are born from incest and rape. 

Sometimes it’s the conditions that shape our mothering that makes us disgraceful. We have lost our babies to the system—social services, prisons, education, and so on…

Some of us are poor.  Others are divorcées.

And sometimes, we are a combination of both.

We are disrespectful AND we bear children under circumstances that taint us.

We're not flaunting ourselves. We’re just done apologizing.  We’re done whitewashing or downplaying our experiences. And we're done buying into your idea of a happy ending.

We have our own.

 

Our grit is what makes us truly infamous. 

We survived.  And we refuse to let our struggles be in vain. 

They empower our mothering, make us activists, fuel our education, shape our relationships.  For some of us, these experiences inspire our practices as teachers, attorneys, doctors, nurses, actors, photographers, CNAs…writers.    

We make a difference.

Come be a witness.

 
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What Do We Do?


"revolutionizing the mothering experience"

What Do We Do?


"revolutionizing the mothering experience"

A For-Profit Business with a Social Mission

We are best known for our successful Kickstarter campaign that allowed us to raise $25,ooo to complete our book Infamous Mothers (coming in May 2017).

But that was only the beginning.

We create products and services that revolutionize the way women mother. We sell socially-conscious apparel, produce publications, and lead workshops/classes with one goal in mind. We are hired to speak at institutions and organizations. We train businesses. We do all of this with one goal in mind: to empower mothers...Infamous Mothers.

 

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Where Do We Do It?


Where Do We Do It?


Boundless...

You can find us in three main places:

1.) Online--Read our blog. Check out our book campaign, Ten Thousand. Click the tab TENK.

2.) In the community--Join us in the community. Visit our free library talks. Here us speak at summits. Sign-up for one of our workshops/classes.

3.) Wherever you are--Invite us to your office, church, school, community center, city, state or country! 

 

 

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Why Do We Do It?


Why Do We Do It?


We want respect. Power, too.

The world sleeps on our ability to stand at the forefront of innovation, social change, and economic empowerment.

Through our products and services, we wake folks up.

We empower mothers.

 

 

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About the Founder


About the Founder


 

Sagashus T. Levingston was born in Chicago and raised in the area now known as Bronzeville. She is an award-winning social entrepreneur and educator. A cover girl for BRAVA Magazine, she is recognized as one of the 26 Women to Watch in 2017. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation is titled Infamous Mothers: Bad Moms Doing Extraordinary Things. While her research focuses primarily on literature, it is informed by theory and criticism from rhetoric, motherhood studies and black feminism. Her coffee-table book, simply titled Infamous Mothers, is inspired by this work and so is Infamous Mothers, LLC., a social enterprise that focuses on the empowerment of women who mother from the margins of society. She holds a bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master's in Afro-American Studies from UW-Madison. Sagashus is  a proud button-wearing member of the Doyenne Group, Inc. located in Madison, WI. She also sits on the WWBIC South Central Ambassadorial Advisory Committee. As the proud mother of six children—three boys and three girls, and partner of Tosumba, she and her family lives in Madison, WI.