Mothers Unite!


Product Details

ILR Press
Publish Date
June 15, 2013
6.32 X 0.86 X 9.08 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Jocelyn Elise Crowley is Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as well as a member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty Member of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. She is the author of Defiant Dads: Fathers' Rights Activists in America, also from Cornell, and The Politics of Child Support in America. Visit her website at


"Analyzing five national mothers' organizations, Rutgers public policy professor Crowley (The Politics of Child Support in America) makes her case for workplace flexibility as the issue most likely to unite American mothers into a coherent, politically effective "Mother's Movement." The groups profiled include Christian-based Mothers of Preschoolers MOPS; Mothers & More, a support group for mothers moving in and out of the workplace; Mocha Moms, a support organization for mothers of color; the National Association of Mothers' Centers NAMC, which offers childcare and activities for mothers and children; and MomsRising, an online group that discusses topics of national interest to mothers. Crowley shows that the participants in these groups are mostly looking for community and peer support, and are much less embroiled in the "Mommy Wars" than the media suggest. Both stay-at-home and working mothers see the value in having flexible career options. These groups' members are mostly middle-class, leaving out some lower-income women who might be most affected by broad policy changes, and aside from Mocha Moms, they are overwhelmingly white. Nevertheless, Crowley's data shows that these mothers are indeed interested in family-friendly workplace reform, and she optimistically posits that if the groups coordinated their efforts, they could become a force for change."

--Pubishers Weekly

"The book is well written and well organized. The language is easy to understand, kaning it accessible and useful to mothers who face such dilemmas, to policy makers, to employees, and to social service agencies. This book is particularly useful for those who wish to increase their knowledge of these issues, serving as an excellent reference."

--Karen Damiano-Teixeira "Journal of Family and Economic Issues "

""What do mothers want? More specifically, what issue might be compelling enough to mobilize them politically? That's the question posed by Jocelyn Elise Crowley, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University.... All mothers want options. Crowleys' guidelines for advancing this cause--starting with groups recognizing their common ground--and data charts sometime s make this more of a textbook than a call to arms, but its message is nonetheless inspiring." BUST Magazine"