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Honoring the practice of rest, CMW will be on a fall hiatus until January 2021. We will respond to any blog submissions at that time.

The Chicana M(other)work Blog is accepting submissions that discuss, share, and challenge the experiences of mothers, parents, other-mothers, hijxs, and teachers through an intersectional lens (race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc). We are especially interested in publishing testimonios by self-identified Chicana and Women of Color Mother-scholars (cis and trans), gender non-conforming and non-binary people of color, as well as allies who center mothering as an act of transformative labor within and beyond academia.


To be considered, please submit an original unpublished (including print and online publications) manuscript of 700-1500 words, a title, and a 150-word biography in Microsoft Word. Please also include a high resolution photo as a jpeg file, which will complement your published work. We also accept anonymous submissions. Submissions should be sent to:


Unfortunately, we cannot offer compensation for publication because we are a grassroots collective. Likewise, because we are a volunteer collective, please allow one-month from your date of submission for us to get back to you. We look forward to reading your testimonios!


Should your work be accepted for publication elsewhere in the future, we ask that you please provide visible credit as site of initial publication to The Chicana M(other)work Blog or a link to our page.

Recent Posts

Mama Wasn’t Built In a Day: A 2017 Reflection Letter to MySelf

December 29, 2017 I wrote a letter to myself. (I wrote!) For me, the theme of 2017 was releasing all expectations I had about motherhood. I didn’t realize how firm, inflexible, and impatient I’ve been with myself until this past year. I didn’t know how to release until the end (like, t-t-today!) and I’m still learning. This letter is partially about a second unplanned pregnancy, an unplanned trauma from a toxic work environment, an unplanned dark journey through perinatal depression and anxiety, an unplanned hospital birth, an underplanned return to grad school, and a necessarily planned break from it all because... motherhood. I’m unlearning the need to have expectations. I’m trying to proc

Single Mom on Welfare Meets Community College

Welfare, “Cash-Aid”, Stamps, Snap, Medi-Cal, Section 8. All terms used by the government and various people throughout the country to not only identify government assistance programs “aimed” at providing a small stable form of income for families and other members of our community who need help getting on their feet and moving their families onto the right path. Simultaneously, those words are also used in the negative connotation of referring to participants in these programs as some kind of “lost cause” or lacking providers for their family. The typical scenario painted, (often by non-people of color who seemingly also find themselves without children) is of a Mother of Color (MOC) usually

Honoring Our Three Years Together

We all first met in person in November of 2014 at the American Studies Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA for our panel: “Mothers of Color in Academia.” Looking at the first picture of us, our babies look so tiny, our creativity still a seed, we would have never imagined how we would grow. Over the years, our work has emerged organically but with a clear commitment to amplify the voices of Mothers of Color navigating institutions that were not meant to be accessible to us: the academy, political spaces, and digital media. As we gather ourselves to start thinking about what might come in the new year, we want to pause and acknowledge that our coraje, our trust in one another, and our c

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