It all started at the 1990 MLA Convention in Chicago, when we found ourselves looking at the same text in the book exhibit, and each responded when someone called, ‘Naomi.’ It was only a matter of moments before we discovered that we shared not only the same name and the same feminist interests in the Renaissance, but also the same undergraduate alma mater (Princeton) and the same passion for maternity (and breastfeeding). In fact, our first official act of collaboration, as academic mothers of young children, was to organize a session for the following MLA, in December 1991, called ‘This Self Which Is Not One: Childbearing, Childrearing, and the Profession.’