I'm fairly disappointed that the Amazon piece fell through. I think that the project had potential to do some greater good than to "just be a homework assignment." That said, I really like my family back up plan.
The more I think about feminist issues, the more the concept of the family seems to appear. Each wave of feminism that I have (kind of) studied, has taken up some issue with the family, either the right to not have one, the right to work outside of one, the right to an alternative family or (more recently) the right to "go back" (so to speak) to the family.
I've never really considered my mother as a feminist, but as I get older and go through the same sorts of things she tells me she's gone through, I have come to realize just how feminist she really is. My mother is an incredibly strong woman. The one thing she has always told me (mostly to console me after particularly mean break-ups) is that before she met my dad, she was ready to do it all herself. She was saving money to buy her own house. She paid her own rent. She fixed her own cars, shoveled her own drive way, bought her own groceries and new enough that she would never, NEVER let any man tell her what to do. The more I think about this project and how I want to tell the story of my relationship to my family, I realize how quietly feminist my mother is, and how she instilled that same quite feminism in me. It is something I suppose I should tell her more often how much I appreciate it but it is also something that I don't know will ever be said directly.