I would like to thank the many people at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University who helped make possible the conference from which this book was developed, including Stefanie Samuels, Marlene Richman, Lily Gilbert, Zoe Druick, Lara Karaian, Lisa Rundle, Jennifer Conner, Angela Bosco, and in particular, Christy Taylor, the former Administrative Assistant of the Association for Research on Mothering and my conference co-chair. I am particularly indebted to Nancy Mandell, former Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, for her initial vision of a conference on mothering and for her characteristic energy, enthusiasm, encouragement, and expertise. I also thank the current Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, Didi Khayatt, who began her tenure as director in the midst of final conference preparation. I also thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for their financial assistance of the conference. As well, research for this book was funded in part by an SSHRC research grant. I am deeply grateful to my editor, Ilene Kalish, for her interest, vision, and belief in this project. Finally, I am indebted to Jennifer Conner and Cheryl Dobinson, my research assistants, for their work in preparing the manuscript; this volume exists because of them.
Special thanks are due to my toughest critic, my most avid supporter, and my best friend, Terry Conlin, my common-law spouse of eighteen years. He makes mothering enjoyable and writing possible. Thank you as well Terry for being the good man I wish our son to become. Most of all, I