“It’s a Choice”: Graduate Student Mothers’ Sense of Agency in Decision-Making
AbstractAlthough a growing number of research universities have formal student-parentpolicies, many do not. Graduate student mothers attending institutions withoutstudent-parent policies must make decisions and exercise agency within this context.This work explores the sense of agency and decision making of ten graduate studentmothers raising young children (under the age of five) while attending a researchuniversity without official student-parent policies. The findings demonstrate thatwomen attempt to exercise their sense of agency by separating motherhood fromschool and by negotiating individual solutions to conflicts. Findings also indicatethat the choices and agency exercised provide power in a temporary capacity butdo not provide long-term power or control over schooling and family life. Overall,this research highlights the importance of formal policies and support for studentmothers; without these policies, women’s agency and their ability to participate fullyin graduate school are limited.
How to Cite
All intellectual property in relation to material included on this site belongs to the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI). All material on this site is protected by Canadian and international copyright and other intellectual property laws. Users may not do anything which interferes with or breaches those laws or the intellectual property rights in the material. All materials on the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) are copyrighted and all rights are reserved. Any reproduction, modification, publication, transmission, transfer, sale, distribution, display or exploitation of the information, in any form or by any means, or its storage in a retrieval system, whether in whole or in part, without the express written permission of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) is prohibited. Please contact us for permission to reproduce any of our materials. This site may include third party content which is subject to that third party's terms and conditions of use.