American Indians – A Time of Harvest & Hope?

October 2020 is a harvesting celebration month. This October report will describe some of my research and areas of interest on the topics of American Indians. Among them, are ethnobotany (in traditional acorn gathering) and Ecofeminism. Through my internship at MOM, I look forward to exploring the Indigenous lifestyles as I work toward the completion of my advanced degree in Public History at American Public University.

WITCHES, MIDWIVES AND NURSES

In America, the month of October is the month of witches – the evil, the cruel, and the ugly. The Museum of Motherhood has hundreds of books in its collection, intended to educate, elucidate, and empower us. How have women been targeted as witches throughout history, since the middle ages and what can we learn? Let’s look at how Barbara Ehrenreich throws light upon this subject in her book “Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A history of women healers “.

‘UNFIT’ MOTHERS: THE BURDEN OF STEREOTYPES

By Srilagna Majumdar During everyday conversations and discourses, we come across labels given to mothers that are burdened by stereotypes and fraught with sky-touching expectations limited by narrow definitions. Aimed at the welfare of others, this focus is seldom targeted towards women’s wellbeing. There have been so less frequent moments when fathers, and children, orContinue reading “‘UNFIT’ MOTHERS: THE BURDEN OF STEREOTYPES”

MAMA 43: International Expressions – Justice & Remembrances

María Linares is a visual artist and researcher born in Bogotá, who lives in Berlin. She studied Fine Arts and Philosophy in Bogotá and holds two postgraduate studies, one in Art and Public Spaces at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and the other in Art in Context at the University of the Arts inContinue reading “MAMA 43: International Expressions – Justice & Remembrances”

Making Space for More Than One Mother

By Aster Woods Shelley Park in “Queering Motherhood” discusses her personal experience with being both a birth-giving mother and an adoptive mother in an extended family. She considers her children’s own perspectives on the way in which she mothers them; her adopted daughter in particular is resistant to her claim of motherhood, screaming “You’re notContinue reading “Making Space for More Than One Mother”

HAPPY 100 YEARS OF THE VOTE FOR WOMEN IN AMERICA

Today is the 100 year anniversary of WOMEN GETTING THE VOTE in America. This is such a big deal! Hard to believe, I was born only 37 years after this law was enacted. At the Museum of Motherhood in NYC, we had an area called the Suffragette Sitting Room, where mothers would come and gatherContinue reading “HAPPY 100 YEARS OF THE VOTE FOR WOMEN IN AMERICA”