#240 – How Motherhood has Changed in Australia – with Dr Carla Pascoe Lehy

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Welcome back to The Happy Mama Movement, dearest Mamas!

Today we have a captivating episode in store for you. In this episode, we'll be exploring the evolving landscape of motherhood in Australia, from the 1950s and 1960s to contemporary society.

Dr. Carla Pascoe Lehy has dedicated her work to unraveling the complexities of motherhood throughout history and across generations. Her research delves into the contrasting values, expectations, and experiences of mothers in different eras, shedding light on the transformation of motherhood in Australia.

We'll examine how these values have evolved and how they continue to impact the experiences of mothers in contemporary society. From the pressures of conforming to societal norms to the challenges and choices faced by mothers today, we'll explore the diverse and ever-changing nature of motherhood in Australia.

Drawing upon her extensive research and interviews with Australian mothers, Dr. Carla Pascoe Lehy provides valuable insights into the shifting paradigms that have influenced motherhood. We reflect on the societal changes that have challenged traditional notions, such as the emergence of feminism and the pursuit of careers by mothers, and how these shifts have impacted the experiences and expectations of mothers in contemporary Australia.

Together, we navigate the complexities of balancing work and family life, the pressure to conform to societal standards, and the diverse choices and paths that mothers embrace today. We delve into the joys, struggles, and triumphs of modern motherhood, acknowledging the unique challenges faced by mothers in navigating their roles and identities.

Join us for a thought-provoking and enlightening conversation as we share our expertise and shed light on the changing landscape of motherhood in Australia.

Whether you're a mother seeking validation and connection, or simply intrigued by the evolution of societal values and the experiences of mothers, this episode promises to provide valuable insights and a deeper understanding of motherhood across generations.

As always, we hope you get as much love and insight as we put into this great episode. And thank you so much for your ongoing support, Mamas.

~Sat Nam~




Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy is a Lecturer in Family History at the University of Tasmania. Carla is an expert in Australian motherhood and childhood in the present and the recent past. She recently completed the first major project tracking the overarching history of Australian motherhood, interviewing over 60 diverse women about their experience of becoming a mother, and is now available in her new book.

To get your hands on a copy of Dr Carla's extraordinary new book, ‘ Becoming A Mother', visit: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526161208/becoming-a-mother/

And to explore her body of work, visit her profile HERE: https://discover.utas.edu.au/Carla.PascoeLeahy/grants


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Within these conversations, we change the way mothers are valued and seen in our society and spread the whispers of Matrescence together.



[00:00] – Acknowledgements

[00:40] – Intro

[01:57] – How Motherhood has Changed…

[03:10] – A Change that Defies Words

[05:06] – The Research

[06:51] – Pre-Maternal Identity

[08:42] – Contemporary Women

[11:50] – What We're Here For…

[13:40] – Defining + Constraining

[15:24] – The Fundamental Conflict

[17:37] – Intensive Mothering

[18:54] – Knowledge/Choice/ Intuition

[22:20] – Double-Edged Sword

[23:14] – Matrescence

[24:05] – Where Do We Want To Be?

[26:34] – The Critical Distinction

[31:55] – Our Story

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