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

Participants element what it capacity to be an educational mom and to contemplate educational motherhood, whereas additionally exploring either the non-public and particular institutional demanding situations educational girls face, the multifaceted suggestions diverse educational ladies are imposing to control these demanding situations, and investigating diverse theoretical probabilities for the way we predict approximately educational motherhood.

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They conclude that many of the challenges faced by mothers could be addressed by reframing the legal understanding of equality in a way allowing for the full recognition of the relational aspects of parenthood, and describe the possibilities to support academic mothers and transform academia deriving from such a transformation of the notion of equality. The final chapter of the book, written by Jamie Huff, Sarah Coté Hampson, and Corinne M. Tagliarina, “Liberalism’s Leaky Legacy: Theory and the Narratives of Graduate Student Mothers,” explores contemporary liberal theory and the structure and discourses of academia.

Masako Kato, in “Academic Mother Crossing Linguistic and Cultural Borders,” offers a self-reflective account of her experiences as a Japanese mother and as a linguistic anthropologist during her dissertation research. It specifically looks into the complicated relationship between the responsibilities of mothering and working, and the ways in which they affect her identity and ideological orientation. While recalling and analyzing the challenges of managing these responsibilities during fieldwork, the author explores the constructive nature of academic motherhood.

People had babies all the time; how hard could it be? Twenty years later, the author looks back at and takes stock of the difficulties she faced as a graduate student mother and the long-term consequences of her decision to have a baby during graduate school. Each phase of academic life, including comprehensive exams, coursework, a clinical internship, dissertation, landing a position and teaching in a community college for fifteen years, has both shaped, and been shaped by, motherhood. Hers is a personal narrative, set within the Canadian academic landscape from the 1980s to the present.

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