Application Deadline

Applications to the Women's History program are accepted on a rolling basis.

The 17th Annual Women's History Conference

Worn Out: Motherwork in the Age of Austerity  

Friday and Saturday March 6 & 7 2015

Call For Proposals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 60% of mothers of preschool children are in the paid workforce, and for mothers of school-age children, that figure nears 80%.  If paychecks were all it took to liberate women, we would be well on our way.  Instead, we’re exhausted, and while this problem is hardly unique to the United States, the American system of long on hours the job and scant provisions for public welfare makes the challenges of motherwork all the more acute.  It’s not hard to figure out what brought us to this pass: wage stagnation, increasingly lengthy workweeks, proliferating numbers of single-parent households and two-income couples, gaping holes in the social safety net, erosion of labor unions, and diminished public spending on youth recreation, daycare, afterschool programs and other services crucial to working families.  The question is, what can we do to turn things around?  This conference will explore answers to that question. 

Sharing Patricia Hill Collins’s belief that “individual survival, empowerment and identity require group survival, empowerment and identity,” we especially seek collective solutions, from proposals for new legislation and public services to reports on the work of grassroots organizations of mothers that are making a way out of no way.

Proposals should be no more than two pages. Please include a brief description of each presentation and a one page c.v. for each presenter. Proposals for panels are especially welcomed, but we will also consider individual papers. Email submissions are preferred.

For more information contact:

Tara Elise James
Women's History Graduate Program
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

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