If GeekMom Ruled the World…

Word cloud of character traits popular with the GeekMoms. Graph by Ariane Coffin using Wordle.
Word cloud of character traits popular with the GeekMoms. Our first step in world conquest. Graph by Ariane Coffin using Wordle.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought we’d ask our GeekMom writers what they would do if they ruled the world.

And we’re actively working on many of these.

If GeekMom ruled the world, children’s clothes would have an unisex section. (Corrina)

If GeekMom ruled the world, zombies wouldn’t stand a chance! (Ariane)

If GeekMom ruled the world, all geeky t-shirts would come in unisex and ladies cut. (Ariane)

If GeekMom ruled the world, teachers would be well paid. (Ariane)

If GeekMom ruled the world, variety packs of Lego/Duplo would come with the pink and purple blocks too. (Sarah)

If GeekMom ruled the world, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Commander Hadfield would be getting MUCH more press than they do. And the world would ignore Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber. (Patricia)

If GeekMom ruled the world, comic books would replace fashion mags at the OBGYN. (Lisa)

If GeekMom ruled the world, the best-selling men’s cologne would smell like book stores and Earl Grey (maybe perfume as well). (Lisa)

If GeekMom ruled the world, kids would know that boys can draw flowers and girls can play video games. (Cathe)

If GeekMom ruled the world, public schools would be filled with hands-on learning opportunities and internships. Everyone would come out of 12th grade with some coding skills. Standardized testing would largely disappear. Kids would be evaluated on portfolios of their work that they could bring with them on job interviews. Community college or technical school would be free.  (Andrea)

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If GeekMom ruled the world, STEM and STEAM activities would be as common as drawing in pre-K schools, and Firefly would not have been canceled. (Karen)

If GeekMom ruled the world, there’d be affordable high-quality daycare without a six-month-long waiting list (so that you have to register a three-month-old fetus to get a spot) for those who want to get back to work soonest. (Karen)

If GeekMom ruled the world, English lit would spend an entire year on comic books and women would never end up refrigerators again. (Dak)

If GeekMom ruled the world, the regular topics of conversation at toddler groups and on the school playground would be Doctor Who, Firefly, comics, etc., and we wouldn’t get strange looks for wanting to discuss the latest development in the X-Files and Buffy comic series at coffee mornings with other moms. (Sophie)

If GeekMom ruled the world, smartphone hardware wouldn’t give out after two years, and software wouldn’t update every two minutes. No one would ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine. There would be no “fake” anything, and maybe one or two real dragons. (Fran)

If GeekMom ruled the world, there would be women leads in at least half of all the big budget fantasy/sci-fi/superhero movies. (Rebecca)

If GeekMom ruled the world…

… people would know the difference between knitting and crochet.

… Benedict Cumberbatch would be President of the World.

… Every child would have access to loads of brilliant books, and someone to inspire and teach them to love reading. (Helen)

If GeekMom ruled the world, all women would be able to stay home to raise kids if they like and not have it impact their return to the workforce. (Helene)

If GeekMom ruled the world, being a tomboy wouldn’t be a part of some shameful past to which women admit with embarrassment and say they outgrew.  (Jules)

If GeekMom ruled the world, not only would people stop addressing a group as, “Hey guys!” but also as, “Hey ladies!” because you never know what gender is actually sitting in the room even if it appears that one is staring back at you. (Jules)

If GeekMom ruled the world, this conversation wouldn’t be happening because none of these things would be issues. People would just treat people as people and we’d have unlimited options without judgement. (Jules)

If GeekMom ruled the world, kitchen and bathroom decor ideas would switch from “French Country Kitchen” and floral patterns to “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Bond, James Bond.”

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

Writer, Mom, Geek and Superhero. though usually not all four on the same day. Author of the award-winning Phoenix Institute Superhero series and the steampunk novel, The Curse of the Brimstone Contract.