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The Maternal Wall in Academe

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The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) and the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center are pleased to host a Day Symposium @ Brandeis University, Boston, MASS
February 27, 2009

The Maternal Wall in Academe: Academic Mothers and Strategies of Resistance and Empowerment

Many women today, particularly those that are college educated,middle-class and professional, may not encounter gender discrimination until they become mothers and hit full throttle the maternal wall that blocks and blindsides them in their attempts at advancement. With women still doing the bulk of household management - to include domestic labour, childcare, and the emotional and organizational work of creating and maintaining home, family and community, most mothers are unable to put in the extensive overtime hours that are required for advancement and success in most professions. Mothers thus find themselves "mommy tracked" making sixty cents for every dollar earned by full-time fathers (Williams, 2000, 2). Indeed, today the pay gap between mothers and non mothers under thirty-five years is now larger than the wage gap between young men and women (Crittenden, 94). As Ann Crittenden, author of The Price of Motherhood, writes, "once a woman has a baby, the egalitarian office party is over".

This day symposium will explore the various strategies used by academic mothers as they encounter the maternal wall in academe.


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Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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