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Soccer Mom

  • By: D. Lynn O'Brien
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The phrase soccer mom generally refers to a married, middle-class, suburban women with children. Sterotypically, a soccer mom is viewed as driving her children to and from their soccer games in her minivan. Metaphorically, a soccer mom is a woman who is devoted first and foremost to her family's needs, and as a result, puts her children's desires and activities above her own, even if she also has a job. The primary descriptor of soccer moms is as harried, stressed women who are attempting to juggle both their domestic and professional responsibilities.

The term soccer mom originated in Susan Casey's 1995 Democratic campaign for the Denver City Council. When Casey was asked about the term a year later in the 1996 presidential campaign between Bill Clinton ...

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