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#13-22 The mother of motherhood studies … Dr. Andrea O’Reilly broke an academic taboo

Around 1997, Dr. Andrea O’Reilly began writing, editing, publishing, and organizing around the study of mothering and brought it forward as a new academic discipline. The subject, as old as humans ourselves, evokes controversy in academia, including within Women’s Studies. Among the specific topics are men’s mothering and radical motherhood movements. 

Host(s): Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Dr. Andrea O’Reilly, Professor of Women’s Studies at York University, founder of MIRCI, of Demeter Press, and of the feminist mothers group Mother Outlaws. 

Credits: Interview and update by Frieda Werden. Travel support: Genevieve Vaughan

Comments: Interview recorded at Women’s Worlds 2011.