Save First Int’l Feminist Org for Moms!

The Association for Research on Mothering is an organization which I’ve admired from afar:

The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM), founded in 1998, is the first international feminist organization devoted specifically to the topic of mothering-motherhood. Our mandate is to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of research on motherhood and to establish a community of individuals and institutions working and researching in the area of mothering and motherhood.

Now, because York University won’t support their work anymore, ARM is closing on May 1, 2010. Talk about a May Day for mothers worldwide.

ARM does some great work on behalf of mothering and mothers everywhere. You should read PhD in Parenting’s reaction to the closing of ARM:

I am a mother. I am a feminist. Despite not currently being enrolled at a university, I consider myself an academic and a researcher. I love the Association for Research on Mothering. I love what it stands for. I love its books. I love its journal. I love the fact that it brings thought leadership to the important role that mothers play in society. … I’m disappointed that there will no longer be a place to bring together the important research on mothering and to foster the research and thinking on this topic. I’m heartbroken that I may never get to read some of the forthcoming books, like Mothering Canada (Spring 2010),  Disability and Mothering (Spring 2010), Giving Breast Milk (Spring 2010), The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Fall 2010), You Say You Want a Revolution: The 21st Century Motherhood Movement (Fall 2010) …more

If you are upset that ARM is closing due to York’s refusal to support them, ARM is asking you to:


Direct comments or questions on the forced closure of ARM to the following individuals (please cc;

You can also help by joining the new Friends of the Association for Research and Mothering Group on Facebook or by contacting to assist with the drive to raise the $20,000 needed for ARM to survive.

Adapted with permission from Viva La Feminista. Read original post here.


  1. Deborah Needleman Armintor says:

    This devastating blow to such an important and prolific international institution of women’s studies is indicative not only of these difficult economic times but also of the devaluation of women and so-called “women’s issues” in the academy. The acronym now seems cruelly apt, for in losing this invaluable resource for academic and activist women worldwide we have indeed lost an ARM, an ARM that has been torn from us in an act of institutional “violence” against women.

    Deborah Needleman Armintor
    Assistant Professor of English
    University of North Texas

  2. My timely abortions allowed me to graduate with an M.A. in Education from UC Santa Barbara, write two novels (NEVER MARRY IN MOROCCO and THE BUSHY TWINS GO TO WAR AND FIND RUMI (the Persian poet) as well as produce my first feature length film, which I’m still in the throes of writing/rehearsing my cast and finding representation, but I feel much happier than someone dependent on their family for their well-being. Different strokes for different folks.

    I also had a good friend who hemorrhaged from the abortion her mother arranged for her in 1964 in La Jolla, California (pre Roe v. Wade), ended up in the ICU, recovered and obtained her PhD in Psychology at Northwestern. She also has had two children subsequently. I’m tired of men in the name of religion, screamishness or arrogance trying to take control of women’s bodies!!

  3. I am a member of ARM, and a regular at their conferences. It’s a lifeline–keeping a voice as a mother and a scholar is difficult. Yet so much is silenced when mothers are marginalized in academics. ARM is so important, and Andrea O’Reilly is an inspriration.

  4. Janet E Smith says:

    Andrea O’Reilly, ARM, and the Demeter Press together revolutionized the visibility of women/mother academics, especially to each other. I encourage everyone who reads this to take that next step and write to York U with your own personal/professional reasons for keeping ARM.
    When I read ARM’s writings, and the comments here, I’m aware of problems yet to be addressed, problems yet to be solved, of research methods that need attention in relation to ARM, and of the many many women who need the support and professional researched back-up that ARM has provided. I’m also made aware of why some departments and institutes so easily are renewed every year. It may have to do with “What have you done for me lately?”. That is, how much money and other funding is generated by the business world from the research and the institutes/research-centres? Women may need to show more clearly or more assertively, how women’s academic work does result at least indirectly, in the business world, develop women as entrepreneurs, more educated and valuable employees, and mothers who help the business world to relate to families in a healthy, non-harmful way especially in the lives of children.

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