Women can embrace it, they can reject it, but they can't avoid it - questions about motherhood prevail. Whether you want to be one, and then how soon, and whether to work inside the home or outside the home or both - these are all questions that women have to answer, eventually. We discuss this revolutionary book and the history of attitudes on motherhood in America - and how they developed over the last 100 years. We chat about the backstory to our modern ideals of motherhood, and how those differ by race and class. Explore your own ideas and expectations around motherhood, and peel back the layers of expectation coming not from God, but from society.
Theresa Barber and Samantha Povlock chat about Being a Mother Shouldn't Suck, Pioneer Women, and Birthing a Nation (Chapters 1-3).
Victoria Mastrangelo and Samantha Povlock chat about The Industrial Revolution and the Division of Labor, Scientific Motherhood and Modern Reproduction, and From Rosie the Riveter to the 1950s Housewife (Chapters 4-6).
Erin Lynch and Samantha Povlock chat about Second-Wave Feminism and Opting Out, Leaning In, and Falling Over (Chapters 7-8).