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  • By: Marcella Bush Trevino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

There is a large variety of U.S., overseas, and international organizations devoted to motherhood topics and related areas of interest. Motherhood organizations are based on a variety of areas, including civic, religious, political, cultural, economic, governmental, voluntary, not-for-profit, and service-based entities. Women's and mixed-gender organizations whose primary purposes are outside of motherhood have also addressed issues that are important to mothers, and have attracted mothers as members.

Key issues addressed by these organizations have included children's and family issues, safety, business and workers' rights, reproductive rights, and parenting. Motherhood organizations have provided mothers with sources of companionship, advice, and instruction as well as leadership experience. At times, women's participation in organizational activities has been controversial due to culturally specified gender roles or the controversial nature of ...

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