Motherscholar.org, a part of The Motherscholar Project*, is a visual representation of mothers in academia. It highlights the presence of those who identify as mothers and as scholars from around the globe.
As mothers, we have a choice whether to identify ourselves as such, whether to claim this role and let others know about it. We could choose to remain hidden, and compartmentalize our lives into work versus family.
However, the concept of the “motherscholar” offers another choice. One that allows mothers to identify as both a legitimate worker, scholar, and also recognizing the role of mothering. The motherscholar is then intrinsically standing up for herself and for others, in demonstrating that mothers can and do succeed throughout all ranks of academia, with children of all ages, with all self-identified ethnic backgrounds, from all parts of the world.
We have organized lectures, presentations, consultations, workshops, roundtables, discussion groups, and mini-writing retreats, to name a few. We are always looking for continued and new ways to support our growing community across six continents. If you have an idea or suggestion, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, feel free to come and join us!
Together we can empower one another, build community, and advocate for resources to ensure all motherscholars can succeed.
*Thank you to Cheryl Matias for the integral term “motherscholar” (Matias, 2011) as a way to “coalesce” the identities of academic and mother, and for joining us in the Project.
**This project is an outcome of a seed grant from the Graduate School of Education at Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, completed in 2015. No funds from the grant were used to create/run this website.
Founder and Director: A. S. CohenMiller, PhD