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The Emotional Labor Union: Motherhood

  • The Lemon Collective 3015 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
In order for all women to have real choices all along the line, we need fully to understand the power and powerlessness embodied in motherhood in patriarchal culture.
— Adrienne Rich
Motherhood ELU discussion

Like so many decisions in a woman's life, the decision to have children is a double-edged sword. Women who decide not to have children can be seen as selfish or 'defying God's will.' After childbirth or adoption, women in the US have no right to maternity leave. Not to mention the disproportionate amount of work women do in regards to child-rearing.

Have you thought about whether or not you'd like to have children? Maybe you are already a mother. Either way, the decision about motherhood is deeply personal. This month we'll discuss our relationships to our mothers and how they may have evolved over time, our thoughts on having children, and the patriarchal structures that simultaneously exalt women for being childbearers while giving them little or no support structure to successfully have and raise children.

Join us for a deep dive into the intimate decision that is motherhood! As always there will be wine, snacks, goody bags and a good time!* 

The Emotional Labor Union is a monthly feminist discussion group that welcomes anyone who identifies as female. Tickets/membership is required for each event, become a member here or purchase your ticket here.

* This event will be recorded and potentially made into a podcast. All participants will have an opportunity to remain anonymous if they so choose.