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Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech is Hollywood’s new #momboss anthem

One Oscar-winning mom is calling for diversity on movie sets. 

Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech is Hollywood’s new #momboss anthem
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When celebrities bring their moms as their date to the Oscars, it never fails to make headlines. But wouldn’t it be great if more moms were at the Oscars because they were nominated?


Unfortunately, when we look at the individual categories for 2018, mamas aren’t well-represented.

Best Director was a mom-free category, the nominee list infamously all-male save for Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig. And only one of the nine Best Picture nominees had a woman at the helm. (Again, Gerwig, who didn’t take home either award.)

Best Actress saw two moms (Frances McDormand and Meryl Streep) nominated, as did the best supporting actress category, where moms Lesley Manville and Laurie Metcalf got nods.

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Thank goodness we had #momboss Frances McDormand there to represent—and, boy, did she ever.

The mom of one thanked her son, Pedro, during her acceptance speech for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Her love for Pedro (now in his early twenties) influenced her performance, because by playing a mom grieving her child, she was basically stepping into her worst fear.

"I didn't give birth to my son, I met him at 6 months old, but from the minute I held him and smelled him, I knew it was my job to keep him alive,” she told the Belfast Telegraph earlier this year, noting how her experience as Pedro’s mom influenced her role in Three Billboards.

Playing a mom earned this mom an Oscar, but McDormand took the moment to point how few women—let alone moms—were nominated.

“If I may be so honored to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight,” she said on stage. “The actors—Meryl, if you do it, everybody else will, c’mon—the filmmakers, the producers, the directors, the writers, the cinematographer, the composers, the songwriters, the designers. C’mon!”

She asked Academy Award attendees to take note of the women standing and invite them for future meetings “because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.”

McDormand concluded her speech by calling for inclusion riders, which is basically a contract clause actors and other filmmakers can use to ensure diversity on a set or project.

If more big players in Hollywood include inclusion riders in their contracts gender diversity on movie sets will improve, and that means more moms will be on movie sets. As awesome as it is to see Oscar nominees bring their moms or thank their moms, we’d really like to see more nominees who are moms.

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

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For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

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Hands-Free Pumping Bra

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Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

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Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

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If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

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Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

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There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

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When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

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Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

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Washable Breast Pads

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Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

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Breast Milk Storage Bags

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The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

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