[gender-studies] Conference: Worn Out! Motherwork in the Age of Austerity

Worn Out!: Motherwork in the Age of Austerity

Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY (20 minutes north of Manhattan)
Heimbold Visual Arts Center
Friday – Saturday March 6-7, 2015

Free and Open to the Public

Roksana Badruddoja, member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Museum of Motherhood (MOM), Board Member of the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF), and professor of sociology and women’s gender studies at Manhattan College.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 60% of mothers of preschool children are in the paid workforce, and for mothers of school-age children, that figure nears 80%. If paychecks were all it took to liberate women, we would be well on our way.  Instead, we’re exhausted, and while this problem is hardly unique to the United States, the American system of long hours on the job and scant provision for public welfare makes the challenges of motherwork all the more acute. It’s not hard to figure out what brought us to this pass: wage stagnation, increasingly lengthy workweeks, proliferating numbers of single-parent households and two-income couples, gaping holes in the social safety net, erosion of labor unions, mounting violence against our children  by both civilians and the state, and diminished public spending on youth recreation, daycare, afterschool programs and other services crucial to working families. The question is: what can we do to turn things around? This conference will explore answers to that question.

Sponsored by the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College
Co-sponsered with the Diversity and Activism Programming Subcommittee of Student Life (DAPS) and Sister to Sister International Inc.

Panels Include:

Motherwork, Race, and the Criminal Justice System

Historical Perspectives on Motherwork

Failing to Mother: Unnatural Mothers, Delinquent Mothers, and Wicked Stepmothers in U.S. History

“Fueron Hijos Nuestros…”: State Appropriation of Motherhood in Three Contemporary Latin American Contexts

Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock, Mommy’s on the Tenure Clock: Women Junior Faculty on Mentorship, Marking, and Maternity Policies

Mediated Motherhood: Rules for Parenting in a Post-Feminist Era

Writing Motherhood

And More!!

Registration is required (free): http://www.slc.edu/womens-history/conference/registration.html
Conference Schedule: http://www.slc.edu/womens-history/conference/schedule.html

For more information contact:
Tara James – tjames@sarahlawrence.edu


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