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The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of COVID

March 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST

On International Women’s Day, join us for a conversation about COVID, motherhood, and paid and unpaid work.

Amanda D. Watson is the author of The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety (2020, UBC Press). The book explores how the popular representation of the contemporary mother — frantically juggling paid labour and unpaid care work — perpetuates established inequities of race, gender, class and ability. Mothers with the most power are complicit in the exclusion of less privileged ones, but also in their own undoing.

At this event, Watson will read selected passages from The Juggling Mother, followed by a conversation with Michelle Eliot, award-winning journalist and host of “BC Today” on CBC Radio One. Watson and Eliot will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and intensified the challenges of this idealized version of motherhood.

When: Monday, March 08, 2021 2:00 PM

Where: Online event. A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.



Amanda Watson

Amanda D. Watson
Author of The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of Anxiety

Amanda D. Watson is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. Her work has been published in the International Feminist Journal of PoliticsStudies in Social Justice, and Politique de l’image.


Michelle Eliot

Michelle Eliot
Host of BC Today on CBC Radio One

Michelle Eliot is the host of CBC Radio One’s midday open-line show BC Today. Michelle is an award-winning journalist with CBC Radio One, and has become a familiar voice as a regular guest host on regional and national programs, interviewing community members and prominent politicians, as well authors and musicians such as Douglas Coupland and Bif Naked. But her true passion is for the open line, where her skill at engaging callers probes further into their viewpoints and digs deeper into their personal stories.

Event Opener

Elder Syexwaliya (Ann Whonnock)

Elder Syexwaliya (Ann Whonnock)
Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation)

As taught by her late grandparents, Syexwaliya supports families and shares cultural teachings and protocols within and outside of her community. Her passion is to see that Squamish culture, language and ceremonies continue to be the cornerstone of the Nation for future generations and the culture carried on by future generations and her snichim (language) to be used, not only by herself, but for all the families and future generations in their daily lives and ceremonies. Let’s not let our Culture and Snichim die out!




Sociology Professor, Simon Fraser University

Travers is a Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University. Their recent book, The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution, situates trans kids in Canada and the US, white settler nations characterized by significant social inequality. In addition to a central research focus on transgender children and youth, Travers has published extensively on the relationship between sport and social justice, with particular emphasis on the inclusion and exclusion of women, queer and trans people of all ages. Travers is Deputy Editor of the journal, Gender & Society.



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Accessibility, Technology & Privacy


Closed captioning will be available at this event.

If you have any questions about accessibility for this event, please contact psqevent@sfu.ca.

Registration and password

A password to access this event will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.


March 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PST
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