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ABOUT READING MOTHERHOOD
Reading Motherhood was founded by two Georgetown University professors based on a course they co-teach of the same name. It seeks to spark conversations about motherhood, feminism, and reproductive rights, as well as provide a community for educators looking to bring these themes to their classrooms.
We offer a space between the ubiquitous lifestyle “Mommy Influencers” and websites focused strictly on mothers in academia. But we do aspire to be influencers of another sort: using our teaching and research skills to bridge the generational divide between all types of women by interrogating conventional models and myths about motherhood. Our approach is introducing--rather than dictating--ideas about representations of diverse mothers in literature, media, and popular culture.
QUOTES TO CONSIDER
Who decided that "women should be responsible for daily life?"
-- Dorothy Smith
"Unless carefree, motherhood was a killer."
-- Toni Morrison, Beloved
Our newest book recommendation is for Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois. The book is both an intimate character study and a sweeping epic, tracing Ailey Garfield's maternal family line over the course of more than 200 years.