Posts Tagged ‘Motherhood’

Motherhood and Work: ShopTalk Perspectives

Our Working Lives Project | May 12, 2016 | By:

painting by Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the younger, called 'Cooper Shop'

The painting is used with permission from The Grohmann Museum Collection at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Painting by Carl Wilhelm Kolbe, the younger; German (1781-1853); Entitled ‘Cooper Shop,’ ca.1816; Oil on canvas; 16 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.

by Carmelo Dávila

“A mother’s work is never done.”

Whether you are a mother or not, you have certainly heard some of the many expressions about the work of motherhood.  They point to the complexity of the ‘job’ and allude to the lack of recognition for this work in society.

May is the month when Mother’s Day is celebrated, so as part of our ongoing fascination with, and examination of, the subject of work, we turn our humanities lens on the work of motherhood. ShopTalk presentations such as ‘Workplace Equity for Mothers’ and ‘Work-Life Balance: Is it an Option for Mothers?’ provide some historical and modern context within which to think about and discuss what mothering entails. We hope you will consider hosting one of these, or any of the more than forty ShopTalk presentations, in your community! Read More