About IAMAS

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Let’s be better together

Helping Moms Be Their Best Selves.

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 with the supportive, proactive community they need to do that.

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 reimagining 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.

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.

Virginia Burden

Executive Director

Dr. Katie B. Garner

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.

Board Member

Dr. Petra Bueskens

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. 

Board Member

Andrea O’Reilly, PhD

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.