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We are more than mothers. We are more 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. 

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. 
Register For The Next Town Hall
Let’s face it: conferences and other big meetings are critical but expensive. Town Halls are a means of getting the best and most cutting-edge information out to members in a low-stress, low-cost, and collaborative way. We intend to offer at least four town halls meetings a year, and each will be hosted by a leading maternal activist. The session they present may cover work-in-progress or established work, but in either case, those who register are encouraged to offer feedback, ask questions, and learn. These are not intended to be static speeches, but conversations that we can experience online in real time via Zoom. 
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To host a town hall, please contact Katie B. Garner at kbgarner@iamas.com or Click Here to submit an inquiry.
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IAMAS wants to encourage members to be active activists. Part of that is contributing to our larger goals of community outreach, fundraising, policy development, mentoring, and writing. 

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Will YOU be in one of these seats May 1st?

Conference Call for Papers
Caring About Mothers
May 1-3, 2020
Chicago, IL 
(Location TBD)
Often women’s caregiving skills are dismissed as essential traits that do not need to be compensated. While mothers are often the caregivers of others, who cares about mothers and the work that they do? Do people (including ourselves as mothers), communities, businesses, governments, and other entities empower, or fail to empower, mothers? What are the harms of essentialism in this framework? Are there any benefits? How does feminism shape the ways that we talk about motherhood? What might the impact of change look like and how might this be important? Who would be affected? How do race, class, gender, sexuality, single motherhood, religious beliefs, citizenship, and ableism (among other factors and markers) shape this analysis? 

Moreover, as more women have entered paid work and as Baby Boomers require more care, outsourced care and paid carework have become integral in many families. How does outsourced care and paid carework alter the ways that we think about caregiving? How might trickle-down feminism come into play when women outsource childcare and what might the alternatives be? In what ways might capitalism and the changes therein (e.g., austerity measures, proposals for a universal income, the gig economy, national childcare, etc.) help or hinder women individually or as a group?

This interdisciplinary conference asserts that we need to interrogate our ideologies, cultural practices, work habits, government policies, and family dynamics in order to move toward a better and more just world.

IAMAS (International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship) welcomes proposals for its 2020 conference, which offers academics of all fields, writers, mothers, artists, health professionals, political activists, lawyers, and more a venue to explore the critical issue of supporting mothers and carework.
If you are interested in being considered as a presenter, please submit your 250-word abstract and a 50-word bio to: kbgarner@iamas.com by Nov. 8, 2019.
*To submit an abstract for this conference, one must be a 2020 Member of IAMAS. 
SHOP IAMAS ~ SWAG HERE
Show your IAMAS pride by purchasing one of the following:
More Branded Swag Coming Soon!
T-Shirt:

All t-shirts are short-sleeved and charcoal grey. Opposing color choices are fuchsia or white. T-shirts tend to run small, and we encourage you to order one or two sizes up from your usual size.
Notebook: 

Keep all your ideas about how we can make lives better for moms in this eco-friendly
notebook.
Stylus pen: 

Super handy for writing and iPhone tapping.
*All prices exclude shipping. Profits support the IAMAS scholarship fund.
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