The Lily’s Neema Roshania Patel on feminism and showing up for moms

Liz checks in with another trailblazing mother, editor and founding member of The Lily, The Washington Post's publication created for and by women. Neema explains why we need publications like The Lily, why we need to show up for moms in the ways that matter, and why feminism isn't a dirty word.

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Liz is an award-winning journalist and editor, and the co-founder of Motherly. A former Washington Post editor, she thrives on all things digital community + social media strategy. She's passionate about helping to provide women with more support, (and way less judgment), on the journey through motherhood. This podcast is an extension of her commitment to hosting honest conversations about modern motherhood. Liz resides outside NYC with her husband, two sons, one daughter and one amazing au pair.

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