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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  • 1980-1995 (Creation)
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    Mothers Are Women

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47.4 cm of textual records

2 audio cassettes

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(1984-1995)

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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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(1957-2012)

Biographical history

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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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 recognition of the value of stay at home mothers. There are also documents relating to each of the mother's support groups and also the group's newsletter, Homebase. There are two audio cassettes featuring interviews with Maureen Kellerman on radio programs.

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The records are arranged according to nine series; Administration, Financial Records, Homebase Publication, Mothers Groups, Promotion and Events, Childcare, Parental Leave and Benefits, Equality for Women, National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), and Articles and Newspaper Clippings.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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