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

Members aspect what it capability to be a tutorial mom and to contemplate educational motherhood, whereas additionally exploring either the private and particular institutional demanding situations educational girls face, the multifaceted options diverse educational ladies are enforcing to control these demanding situations, and investigating diversified theoretical percentages for a way we predict approximately educational motherhood.

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While the chapters in this book begin to reveal just how complex and multifaceted achieving these two key changes will be in our post-second wave context, we believe these changes are both warranted and possible. In short, we believe that the ongoing conversation this book suggests reveals that it is now time to use a new framework that aims to work toward maternal empowerment for mothers in general and academic mothers specifically, while also finding ways to eradicate neo-traditional family configurations.

This book, then, is situated within both the long history of feminist use of narrative and Rich’s landmark approach in contributors’ use of narrative and theory. As such, this book explores how both research and narrative can inform contemporary understandings of academic motherhood, particularly in regard to understanding the post-second wave institutional and personal challenges of academia, strategies of resistance and empowerment for academic mothers, and considers the possibilities presented when various different theoretical ideas and perspectives are or can be utilized in the service of understanding motherhood in academia.

Only after tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor are faculty assured of job security. The median doctorate recipient is already 33 or 34 years of age; after a probationary assistant professorship, close to 40. In terms of career development this would be an ideal time for female professors to start their families, but biologically they are already past prime childbearing age. (4) Indeed, as Mason elaborates further in a 2003 interview, “Academic women are expected to work hardest during their tenure-track years, precisely when their biological clocks are ticking the loudest … these busy career-building years are also the most likely the reproductive years” (cited in Wilson 3).

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