Kayla Pritchard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities
Cultural ideologies surrounding motherhood represent powerful frameworks for shaping women’s experiences within that role and tend to assign greater value to experiences that fall within a traditional family framework. However, many women’s experiences of motherhood do not fit within this framework. The experiences of double mothers – women who have both biological and stepchildren – can highlight the identity work that women perform in blended families. Balancing the cultural expectations of biological motherhood with the challenges of stepmotherhood, many double mothers occupy a space in-between and perform regular boundary work to navigate their roles.