Fonds 10-013 - Mothers Are Women fonds

Mothers are Women-Publicity pamphlet Mothers are Women_Women's Fair "Feminism and motherhood" an Evening with June Callwood Discussion group for new mothers Homebase A forum for Women at home The Pram Project Outaouais Popular Theatre presents Baby Buggy Blues

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Mothers Are Women fonds

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CA ON0034 10-013

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  • 1980-2001 (Creation)
    Mothers Are Women

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246.7 cm of textual records
2 audio cassettes
2 banners
13 objects
17 photographs
2 T-shirts

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Maureen Elizabeth Kellerman completed a BA in Canadian Studies at Carleton University and devoted her life to supporting young families at the local and national levels. She worked for Canadian Association of Family Resource Centres, and Canadian/Military Family Resource Centres. Educator, activist, and leader, Maureen founded Mothers Are Women (MAW) in 1984, and was a key organizer for the legalization of midwifery in Ontario during the 1990s.

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Mothers Are Women (MAW) was a national, Ottawa-based feminist organization established in September 1984 by Maureen Kellerman, as a special project of the Parent Preschool Resource Centre. It evolved into an independent and volunteer-run organization, partially funded by Secretary of State funding. MAW members respected all childcare choices but they were especially concerned with the interests of women who chose to stay at home with their children. They identified that this choice was undervalued by society at the time so they offered personal support as well as lobbying for greater recognition of stay at home mothers. They had support groups, a telephone helpline (the MAW line), workshops, and circulated a publication called Homebase. At their height, they had 450 members representing every province and territory of Canada.

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Donated in 2006.

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This fonds is composed mainly of textual records; the administrative records of Mothers Are Women and documents relating to policy issues such as child care, parental leave, and the recognition of women's unpaid labour in the home. MAW primarily lobbied for the Canadian government's recognition of homemakers' contribution to the national economy, and collected an abundance of research material related to these efforts. Additionally, this fonds contains documents relating to the group's publication of Homebase magazine, and other outreach activities, such as workshops and symposiums. There are two audio cassettes featuring interviews with Maureen Kellerman on radio programs, and a number of objects promoting MAW's various events and campaigns. While Mothers are Women did not exist until September 1984, the fonds includes articles, research material, and newspaper clippings from as far back as 1980.

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The records are arranged according to eight series; Administration, Financial Records, Homebase and Other Publications, Mothers Groups, Promotion and Events, National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), Articles and Newspaper Clippings, and Campaigns and Lobbying. The final series, Campaigns and Lobbying, is divided into four sub-series, including Child Care and Parental Leave, Unpaid Work, Pensions, and New Reproductive Technologies.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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