a New Post.
Reach out! Send an e-mail to email@example.com
Never Miss a New Post.
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.
In 2020, TED published an excerpt from Glennon Doyle's book Untamed, in which she laments the "terrible memo" that new parents receive in the 21st century. Doyle proposes a "new memo" for parents, one that recognizes the importance of struggle and failure for children.