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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.

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Mother being criticized and yelled at on social media

Who decided that "women should be responsible for daily life?"

-- Dorothy Smith

"Unless carefree, motherhood was a killer."

-- Toni Morrison, Beloved

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Raven Leilani's debut novel contains both addictive prose and a striking departure from what audiences have to come to expect from a storyline about 'finding oneself.' Narratives about pregnancy and trans-racial adoption rise to the fore as Leilani examines the incarnations of mothering in the novel through a classed and racial lens. 

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NEWS SPOTLIGHT

In April, Lit Hub published "What We Want You to Know About Mothering Small Children in a Pandemic," a piece combining text and photographs as it reflects on life during the "longest year." Through this mix of mediums, two mothers look for and find some moments of joy in their account of caring for small children, even as they grapple with the grave emotional impact of the time.