About Us
Mission
IAMAS’ roots are as an academic organization, but our members are more than just scholars. We are activists from dozens of countries who want to help all moms be their best selves. We strive to increase meaningful conversation among maternal advocates regardless of their field or experience. Our members are educators, members of the media, politicians, community activists, health practitioners, businesswomen, and much more. IAMAS wants to use our collective knowledge to help moms – whether it is providing information so they can get reform they need, supporting legislation that helps caregivers, or sharing the collective knowledge of women in differing communities and reimaging what could work in our won.  

Most moms take the culture of motherhood as a given, when it doesn’t have to be. It can be better. We can expect (and demand) better support from our partners, communities, places of employment, and governments. Motherhood isn’t new, but the ways we support moms can be. Let’s be better together. 
IAMAS’ roots are as an academic organization, but our members are more than just scholars. We are activists from dozens of countries who want to help all moms be their best selves. We strive to increase meaningful conversation among maternal advocates regardless of their field or experience. Our members are educators, members of the media, politicians, community activists, health practitioners, businesswomen, and much more. IAMAS wants to use our collective knowledge to help moms – whether it is providing information so they can get reform they need, supporting legislation that helps caregivers, or sharing the collective knowledge of women in differing communities and reimaging what could work in our won.  

Most moms take the culture of motherhood as a given, when it doesn’t have to be. It can be better. We can expect (and demand) better support from our partners, communities, places of employment, and governments. Motherhood isn’t new, but the ways we support moms can be. Let’s be better together. 

Core Beliefs
Motherhood is hard, always has been, always will be, but right now it’s harder than it needs to be. That’s why IAMAS is zeroed in on the deep-rooted changes that must happen to make the “hard” more manageable. 
At IAMAS, our Core Beliefs are:

1. Women carry an unfair burden of child-rearing via the demands of intensive mothering and severe wage inequality. 
2. Our governments and economic sectors should contribute more to the work of child-rearing (specifically via childcare and family leave reform), thereby acknowledging that this labor is done not only as a matter of personal choice but strengthens the future of civic and economic vitality.
3. Women must be better informed and organized in order to demand the substantial support that is required. The current set-up of dual low-wage worker families and single-parent/income families is unsustainable. 

4.  One's gender and sex organs aren't always the same, but we need to talk about how moms have different needs - and need different protections - legally, economically, and socially. Modern feminism is doing little on this front to help mothers.
5. Motherhood can and should be a place of empowerment, not oppression. Our countries and employers require women to continue to replace our population. Let’s claim the power in that. 
6. Women need support so that they can mother effectively and be economically independent. Much of the “choice” regarding opting out of work is an illusion. This can harm economically strained families and creates a massive drain of resources that our countries and businesses need to have our country succeed. 
7. Children need stable care and mothers should have the opportunity to provide that care.
Members of the Board
Dr. Katie B. Garner Executive Director
Katie Bodendorfer Garner, PhD focuses on motherhood, childcare, and labor equality. She is thrilled to take the helm of IAMAS (previously MIRCI). In addition to teaching English and GWS courses, Katie runs consciousness-raising workshops for mothers. Her (in-progress) book covers interviews with nearly 100 U.S. women. See more at: www.drkatiebgarner.com.
Dr. Petra Bueskens  Board Member
Dr Petra Bueskens is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, a psychotherapist in private practice, and a freelance opinion writer. Petra writes about motherhood, gender relations, social and political theory, basic income and psychotherapy in both scholarly and popular fora. Her books include Modern Motherhood and Women’s Dual Identities: Rewriting the Sexual Contract (Routledge 2018), the edited volume Motherhood and Psychoanalysis: Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives (Demeter, 2014), and two forthcoming edited volumes Nancy Chodorow: The Reproduction of Mothering: Forty Years On with Tanya Cassidy and Australian Mothering: Historical and Sociological Perspectives with Carla Pascoe Leahy. Her opinion pieces have appeared in New Matilda, The Conversation, The Huffington Post, Arena Magazine and others. 
Andrea O'Reilly, PhD  Board Member
Andrea O’Reilly, PhD, is Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the founder and director of MIRCI (1997-2019), now IAMAS; as well as founder and editor of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (1999-) and Demeter Press (2006-), the first feminist press on mothering, reproduction, sexuality and family. Dr. O’Reilly is the editor and author of 20 books including Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism, and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering. She is the two two-time recipient of teaching excellence awards. In 2015 was the first inductee into the Museum of Motherhood Hall of Fame. She and her partner are the parents of three fabulous and feminist adult children.