In Mothers Unite!, a bold and hopeful new rallying cry
for changing the relationship between home and the workplace,
Jocelyn Elise Crowley envisions a genuine, universal world of
workplace flexibility that helps mothers who stay at home, those
who work part time, and those who work full time balance their
commitments to their jobs and their families. Achieving this goal,
she argues, will require a broad-based movement that harnesses the
energy of existing organizations of mothers that already support
workplace flexibility in their own ways.
Crowley examines the efforts of five diverse national mothers'
organizations: Mocha Moms, which aims to assist mothers of color;
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), which stresses the promotion of
Christian values; Mothers & More, which emphasizes support for
those moving in and out of the paid workforce; MomsRising, which
focuses on online political advocacy; and the National Association
of Mothers' Centers (NAMC), which highlights community-based
networking. After providing an engaging and detailed account of the
history, membership profiles, strategies, and successes of each of
these organizations, Crowley suggests actions that will allow
greater workplace flexibility to become a viable reality and points
to many opportunities to promote intergroup mobilization and unite
mothers once and for all.
Subjects: Political Science
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