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Mothers Unite!Organizing for Workplace Flexibility and the Transformation of Family Life$
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Jocelyn Elise Crowley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451751

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451751.001.0001

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Do Mommy War Attitudes Prevent Organizing?

Do Mommy War Attitudes Prevent Organizing?

(p.70) 4 Do Mommy War Attitudes Prevent Organizing?
Mothers Unite!

Jocelyn Elise Crowley

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses whether the supposedly deeply held divisions between stay-at-home mothers and working mothers exist. The media has repeatedly highlighted such divisions under the label “the Mommy Wars.” Despite widespread coverage of the issue, in most cases, mothers do not judge other mothers. Instead, they empathize with each mother's unique situation. However, in a minority of cases, stereotypes of each group still exist, thus making mutual understanding a top priority of any modern motherhood movement. The chapter examines if Mommy War attitudes may be preventing mothers' groups from promoting a more visible workplace flexibility agenda, or if it is a much overblown problem that group leaders should cast aside in favor of moving forward with their workplace flexibility goals.

Keywords:   Mommy Wars, stay-at-home mothers, working mothers, motherhood movement, workplace flexibility

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