The Fall/Winter 2009 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly (Volume 37, Numbers 3 & 4) is called Mother. Victoria Pitts-Taylor and Talia Schaffer describe the issue this way: “This special issue, titled Mother, aims to present a complex picture of the categories of mothering, motherhood, and mothers. Through our own personal experiences of negotiating academic career paths as mothers, we have become acutely aware of the intensely controversial issues affecting the politics of motherhood. The term “mother” is steeped in cultural and historical meaning, but it is also semantically unstable. Today women find themselves affected by powerful, contradictory expectations that mothers will be stay-at-home caregivers and also, paradoxically, that they will be well educated and have meaningful careers. They face intensive judgments of their parenting from friends and strangers alike and participate in passionate debates about everything… ” I’m thinking of writing something about parenting as an academic (personally I resist the gendered version “mother,” just as I do its spousal equivalent “wife”) and this looks like a great place to start.