The 34-year-old welcomed her very first child, Janie, with husband, Joshua Jackson in April.
“The men think they’re hard-core, but they could never do what they do while also making a baby. They just couldn’t,” she recently shared with Elle magazine.
She also bluntly shared how giving birth has revealed to her how the “patriarchal society really is out here, scamming women into thinking that they’re not supremely powerful beings, because d***, it’s some goddess-level s***.”
Turner-Smith spoke on being a new mom amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. She also nodded her head to parents grappling with at-home learning during quarantine and their struggles as well.
“Navigating parenthood at any time is difficult, and it’s even more difficult without support, when everything is shut down and you can’t really see other people or go anywhere,” she says, adding, “I’m not having to sit on Zoom with her and suddenly become her educator as well as her caretaker.”
When speaking with Vogue for the magazine’s October issue, she also discussed the choice to expand her family and how the isolation helped her focus on learning to be a mom — as well as speaking up for racial injustices.
“I had to learn how to breastfeed and how to be a mom — it really worked out for my baby,” she said at the time, adding how her mother lived with them for three months to help out.
“It doesn’t make sense that we still have to be screaming to the world that our lives matter. It doesn’t make sense that Black people are being senselessly mowed down by the police,” she continued. “It doesn’t make sense, this country’s response to the global pandemic. It doesn’t make sense that so many people are unemployed, and the government is bailing out corporations.”
“But what did make sense, inside of that,” she said, “was the love of my family.” Turner-Smith hopes that her confidence is inherited by her daughter as it has been her guiding light.
“That self-assuredness is what is going to help her navigate life,” she shared. “It’s important to impart to my daughter what is beautiful about her, and about who she comes from and where she comes from, and what is powerful about that.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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