posted by Amy
A few years ago, I came across the Association for Research on Mothering's website. As a college instructor who felt like the hugely important experience of motherhood was a bit overlooked in the academic world, I was thrilled. As a mama to three young children, I felt validated. I existed! What I did was worthy of an academic journal and even a whole Centre for Research on Mothering at York University, Toronto!
Okay, so maybe that matters to us English teachers more than most people, but you've got to wonder how it took so long for such a center (or, as they say in Canada, "centre") to exist. As the website says, "The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) is the first international feminist organization devoted specifically to the topic of mothering-motherhood." ARM publishes a journal focused on specific topics related to mothering and also hosts conferences on topics such as becoming a mother, grandmothers and grandmothering, and young mothers. Check it out--maybe you and some mama friends can head off for a mamas-only weekend in Toronto someday soon!