CLEVELAND, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The NotMom Summit, the world's only major conference for women without children, will be held Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference connects, informs and empowers the growing audience of women who are childfree by chance or by choice. A 2014 study found an unprecedented one-third of US women age 20-44 (19 million) are not mothers, and they hold significant influence and buying power. Developed nations around the globe from Canada to Japan also report record numbers of women without children.
Registration is now open for the two-day weekend event to be held at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown with low Early Bird prices available through Presidents' Day Monday, February 20, 2017.
The conference is hosted by TheNotMom.com and its founder and chief executive Karen Malone Wright, the international expert about women without children. The blog is distinguished by its embrace of women who once dreamed of motherhood as well as those who never did. The inaugural conference held in 2015 was a resounding success, attracting women from three continents, five countries (Canada, China, England, Iceland and the USA) - and 18 states across America.
In 2017, more American women are childless by chance or childfree by choice than at any time since the U.S. Census Bureau began tracking them in 1976. Today, about one of every six women will never give birth, compared to one of every 10 women 40 years ago. Even so, mothers represent the majority of women, so for us, 'I'm not a Mom' is a common self-descriptor," Wright said.
"The tired old trope of 'selfish, childless cat ladies', doesn't hold in a world where Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, British Prime Minister Theresa May, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty and media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey reflect the intellect, philanthropy and concern for future generations demonstrated by women without children every day," Wright said.
The theme of The NotMom Summit, Redefining Feminine Legacy, weaves through presentations by expert speakers from the United States and United Kingdom including academics, counselors, business owners and other professional women on topics ranging from financial planning to small-batch cooking.
Saturday's keynote speaker will be Jody Day, founder of Gateway Women, the global support network reaching almost two million women who are childless by chance. She is author of Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children. A portion of event proceeds will be donated to The NotMom charitable partner, The Global Fund For Women.
"When you don't have children, you approach life differently, from how you spend your money and plan your life, to how you relate to your family and friends. And, thousands of women who aren't mothers - aunts, godmothers, teachers, social workers and others - gladly share their time and resources with other people's children," Wright said.
"At The NotMom Summit, both women who chose a life without children and those who didn't can enjoy the very rare opportunity to come together offline and acknowledge the shared aspects of their lives," Wright said.
For information on sponsorship and other partner opportunities, please contact Karen Malone Wright at Karen@TheNotMom.com.
The NotMom.com is a distinctive resource of news, commentary and connections for and about women without children by choice or by chance - one of every six American women with comparable numbers around the world. The NotMom is American in focus but global in scope, focused on the unique dimensions of life without children in a Mom-centered world. The NotMom engages and influences a growing community of more than 25,000 women age 26 and up through the blog, events and social online networks. The NotMom Summit, the only major conference of its kind in the world, brings these women together offline to acknowledge and enhance the shared aspects of their lives.
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