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Cultural conceptions of motherhood and its relation to childcare policy in Canada

from Journal of Historical Studies

Motherhood has been a much discussed area of scholarly debate, particularly since second-wave feminists sought to abolish the reproductive essentialism of women’s roles. Second-wave feminists argued that women must be “freed from the tyranny of their biology by any means available,” and thus, by rejecting their roles as mothers, women can be free from the private sphere.1 Since then, theorists have proposed alternative solutions to liberating women from maternal oppression. more

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