THE MOTHERS' CENTER MOVEMENTS
We wanted to create a public space where women would be able to reflect on what it means to be a mother. There is no space in society for this.
HILDEGARD SCHOOS FOUNDER, THE MOTHERS' CENTER, GERMANY
Mothers need a place where they can give voice to what they need and have that voice validated.
PATSY TURRINI FOUNDER, THE MOTHERS' CENTER, UNITED STATES
In technologically advanced societies mothers who work full-time in the home have become increasingly isolated and excluded. More than ever, women raising children are likely to feel like an Other--left out and deficient. While some sense of exclusion is felt by most mothers, the experience has been particularly intense for the many women who try to raise children outside of any real community: affluent mothers living in suburban areas whose most intimate community facility might be the shopping mall, urban mothers bringing up children in anonymous buildings often set in violent and deteriorating neighborhoods, mothers living in rural areas depopulated and demoralized by the waning of an agrarian way of life. Now that so many women are in the professions, any woman who leaves to raise children is likely to feel her status in society slipping away. When she meets former colleagues, she often finds eyes glazing over and the conversations stilted. In the United States, government programs and policies can be destructive to poor families. Under some circumstances a father must abandon the family before the government will provide economic assistance for his children. The women are then stigmatized as single mothers and by their dependency on public welfare.