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Academic Motherhood in a Post-Second Wave Context. by D. Lynn O'Brien Hallstein, Andrea O'Reilly

By D. Lynn O'Brien Hallstein, Andrea O'Reilly

Participants element what it capacity to be an instructional mom and to contemplate educational motherhood, whereas additionally exploring either the private and particular institutional demanding situations educational ladies face, the multifaceted concepts various educational ladies are imposing to control these demanding situations, and investigating assorted theoretical percentages for a way we expect approximately educational motherhood.

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Even so, we think that two general conclusions emerge from the book about where and how feminist maternal scholars can focus attention if they want to challenge and change key issues that face academic mothers. 35 d. lynn o’brien hallstein and andrea o’reilly First, we believe that the chapters reveal that it is now time to focus on maternal empowerment or empowerment specifically for mothers. When we use the term maternal empowerment, we mean a state or place in which mothers are or may be empowered.

For some women, the balance between work and family disrupts the standard timetable for the ideal career trajectory” (3). Though the word unboundedness is not used by Ward and Wolf-Wendel, the concepts and terms of their three-explanation model—singleness of purpose, overload, standard timetables—speak to and further confirm the unboundedness of academic work. When most professors do their work, unlike many other professions, much of that work is not done at the workplace or office. Professors do not normally work set hours in an office as most professionals do: their work is done in the evenings, and on weekends, and often undertaken at home.

She employs a personal experiential and sociological perspective to provide the lens through which she explores what it means to be a mother academic. Written while on maternity leave from a tenured university position, the paper offers a unique vantage point from which to trace her mothering journey and work inside of academia. She argues that while the two identities and positions are mutually exclusive, mothering and academic life, are mutually reinforcing; each informed the other in direct and subtle ways.

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