At the Core of the Work/Life Balance Myth: Motherhood and Family Dinners

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This volume, developed from the public forum What Do Mothers Need? and hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (mirci) in 2011, examines what mothers need in twenty-first century North American society in order to adequately care for their children while living full and purposeful lives. The contributors to the volume include representatives from various motherhood organizations Ontario/Canadian Native Women s Association, Hip Mama, National

Excerpt: Association of Mother Centres, Mothers & More, Mocha Moms, Welfare Warriors as well as the leading motherhood scholars including Paula Caplan, Amber Kinser, Barbara Katz Rothman, Pamela Stone, and Judith Warner. The twenty-six chapters, organized into six sections Redefining Motherhood, Empowering Mothers, Mothers, Children and Families: Health and Well-Being, Mothers, Education and Social Change, Mothers, Partners and Parenting, and Mothers and Work explore what changes are needed in public/social policy, health, education, the workplace, maternal support/advocacy, and the family in order to afford full and lasting gender equity for mothers in the twenty-first century.


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