The 21st Century Motherhood Movement: Mothers Speak Out on Why We Need to Change the World and How to Do It edited by Andrea O’Reilly

This anthology, the first on the 21st century motherhood movement,includes seven sec- tions: Becoming a Mother; Maternal Identities; Maternal Advocacy; Maternal Activism; Violence, Militarism, War and Peace; Social Change and Social Justice; Writing/Research- ing/Performing Motherhood—and features more than eighty motherhood organizations from around the globe. Each chapter discusses the context, history, mandate of the organization and examines the organization’s activities, challenges, future goals, and its relationship to the larger motherhood movement. The introduction provides an overview of the history and ideological frameworks of the 21st century motherhood movement, discusses the challenges and possibilities of maternalism, details the specific practices and strategies of 21st century maternal activism, and considers such in relation to feminist theory and practice. This book affirms that the 21st century motherhood movement is an autonomous and distinct social movement that makes possible a much needed and long overdue mother-centred theory and politic of feminism.

Andrea O’Reilly offers us a compelling look at a nascent movement whose force cannot be denied. This invaluable and comprehensive collection conveys the excitement, tensions, and potential of motherhood as a rallying cry. Bringing together a variety of perspectives and voices in a rich mix, it explores the many facets of maternal activism and provides a much-needed resource for anyone who wants to understand mothers’ efforts to make the personal political.

—Pamela Stone, Hunter College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

“This rich anthology documents the modern mother’s movement in all of its diversity.

It is must reading for anyone interested in the explosion of activism aimed at the 976 pages $49.95 empowerment of women as mothers. Mamazons, outlaw mothers, strategic essentialists, spring 2011

ISBN 978-0-9866671-1-4

on-line pragmatists, lesbian theorists, and more than 80 organizations representing every class, creed and color of mother – they are all here. If you want a clear picture of 21st century matrocentric feminism, look no further – this is it.”

– Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued.

Tiger Mother has met her match with the Black Lioness Mom: In the past few weeks, Amy Chua, author of the polarizing new parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, has clawed her way to the top of bestseller lists. And the backlash has been in hot pursuit as thousands of angry journalists, bloggers and parents have decried her take-no-prisoners parenting strategies, calling her abusive, disturbed and, worst of all, a Mommy Dearest. Full Review Here.

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Review By Rosemary Counter/ Globe And Mail

New feminism – you might call it third-wave, or you might not – includes (but isn’t limited to) anti-racism, the rights of the differently abled, colonialism, post-colonialism, the International Money Fund, the World Bank, heterocentrism, the penetrating male gaze, intersecting oppressions, discriminatory immigration laws and the abuse of foreign domestic workers.


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Mothers Who Deliver, By: Jocelyn Fenton Stitt – Editor
Pegeen Reichert Powell – Editor

New directions in thinking about mothering.

Mothers Who Deliver brings together essays that focus on mothering as an intelligent practice, deliberately reinvented and rearticulated by mothers themselves. The contributors to this watershed volume focus on a variety of subjects, from mothers in children’s picture books and mothers writing blogs to global maternal activism and mothers raising gay sons. Distinguishing itself from much writing about motherhood today, Mothers Who Deliver focuses on forward-looking arguments and new forms of knowledge about the practice of mothering instead of remaining solely within the realm of critique. Together, the essays create a compelling argument about the possibilities of empowered mothering.


Born for Liberty

A History of Women In America

By: Sara M. Evans


The Unavailable Father

By: Sarah Simms Rosenthal, PhD

The failure of a father-daughter relationship – whether through neglect or abuse – can send a girl into adulthood convinced she is without worth, both personally and professionally. The Unavailable Father identifies six archetypal unavailable fathers; shares the personal stories of many women – their pain, difficulties, and triumphs; and presents seven ways women can understand, heal, and cope with a broken father/daughter relationship.

About the Author
Sarah Simms Rosenthal, PhD holds a doctorate in clinical social work from New York University and has a private practice in New York City. In addition, Dr. Rosenthal has worked as an adolescent/family therapist at Phoenix House, a nonprofit drug rehabilitation program, for fifteen years. During her two decades of professional practice, Dr. Rosenthal has had thousands of patient-hours of clinical experience.


The Mommy Myth

Does Martha Stewart make you feel like you never do enough for your kids? Do “celebrity mom” profiles leave you feeling lumpen and inadequate? That’s because they’re supposed to, say Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels, authors of The Mommy Myth and self-professed “mothers with an attitude.” Both scathing and self-deprecating, their pop-culture critique takes on “the new momism,” the media’s obsession with motherhood and the impossible standards which that obsession promotes. Today’s ideal mom makes June Cleaver seem like a layabout: she may work outside the home, but never too much, always looks at the world through her children’s eyes, makes sure to buy only educational, age-appropriate toys, and includes a loving note with each hand-prepared lunch. Meanwhile, the news media hype stories about child abduction, politicians excoriate so-called “welfare queens,” and parenting experts advocate wearing your child in a sling until he moves out on his own. Romanticized, commercialized, sensationalized, and demonized by turns, today’s mothers are damned if they work and damned if they don’t; what’s more, the idea that the government might do something to help their plight has come to seem almost quaint. As a history of motherhood in the media from 1970 to the present, The Mommy Myth makes a fun and thought-provoking read. Yet close readings of episodes of thirtysomething don’t create quite the call to arms the authors seem to have in mind; no woman likes to think of herself as a media dupe, particularly the kind of woman who will be reading this book. Straightforward policy critiques like their chilling chapter on childcare fare much better, illuminating a culture that seems to have forgotten public institutions’ power to correct social ills. –Mary Park


The Feminist Mistake

By: Leslie Bennetts

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