Let’s meet for lunch to mingle, share cards, and make connections! The goal is to form relationships, share knowledge, and provide support to fellow Wahoos looking to grow their business and expand their network.
Topic: Motherhood As A Competitive Sport
The Mommy Wars have been raging on strongly for decades now, and pressure to mother in a particular manner mounts with corresponding backlash. What do we know about good mothering practices? What does it mean to be a good mother? Why do some women feel like mothering is a competition? Whose mothering is being judged? And what does this cultural conversation mean for people who cannot or chose not to parent?
Speaker: Abigail Palko
Abby is the Director of UVa’s Women’s Center providing executive leadership and overseeing all aspects of the Center. She earned her B.A. in English and French at Chestnut Hill College, her M.A. in English at Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Literature with a graduate minor in Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to UVA, Abigail served as the Associate Director of the Gender Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught Introduction to Gender Studies and a variety of electives, administered the graduate Teaching Apprenticeship, supervised academic internships, and oversaw the undergraduate curriculum and day-to-day activities of the Program. She also worked closely with campus partners from Student Affairs on sexual assault prevention initiatives and volunteered at the local GLBT Center.
Her engaged scholarship aims to improve the circumstances under which women mother, and is the co-Chair of the Feminist Mothering Caucus of NWSA. She has published numerous articles on contemporary mothering practices and on representations of mothering in Irish and Caribbean literature. She is currently co-editing two collections of scholarly essays: Mothers, Mothering and Globalization and Cultural Representations of Breastfeeding. Her monograph, Imagining Motherhood in Contemporary Irish and Caribbean Literature, is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
Hoos Market: Please bring business cards, brochures, and event flyers about your work or community involvement to share at our welcome table.
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