This article focuses on the forgotten voices of marginalized feminist mothers—those active in welfare rights groups. These activists were primarily poor single mothers who understood motherhood differently from more mainstream feminists. Whilst they echoed mainstream feminist demands for childcare, they also supported women’s right to stay at home with their children, emphasizing the role of the state. This presented a serious class-based critique in a society that increasingly saw stay-at-home motherhood as a middle-class option. This article focuses upon working-class mothers’ groups, thus problematizing dominant feminist discourses and developing a more diverse history of second wave feminism in Canada.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2015.1132876
Journal Women's History Review
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Marks, L. (Lynne), Little, M. (Margaret), Gaucher, M, & Noddings, T.R. (T. R.). (2016). A job that should be respected': Contested visions of motherhood and English Canada’s second wave women’s movements, 1970-1990. Women's History Review, 25(5), 771–790. doi:10.1080/09612025.2015.1132876