LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A UW-La Crosse professor of history and women's studies has written the first book on the comprehensive history of motherhood in the United States.
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves' book, "Modern Motherhood: An American History" will be released on May 19. It explores the multiple and complex societal roles mothers have endured throughout history.
"Being a mother and talking to other women—most find this a compelling topic," Vandenberg-Davis said. "They've absorbed a lot of conflicting messages about motherhood and want a deeper understanding."
Vandenberg-Daves became a mother in 1992. Since 1999 she has taught a course on the history of motherhood at UW-L.
"I want to put mothers at the center of history and tell their untold stories," Vandenberg-Daves said.
She wrote it for University Press, but kept students and other non-specialists in mind when writing the book.
- La Crosse Police urge boaters to be safe over weekend
- De Soto student in custody for school threat
- Monroe Co. man avoids prison for shooting mother
- Rail tank car helps first responders prepare in case of derailment
- Locomotive engine oil spill in Jackson county
- Tomah VA, Fort McCoy team up for Memorial Day 5K
- Iowa man accused of stealing from ailing dad gets probation
- Wisconsin woman jumps on hood of her SUV to prevent theft
- Parents of malnourished teen found dead plead not guilty
- The Latest: Teen plane crash survivor in serious condition