Speaker/Workshop Leader

Andrea O’Reilly, Ph.D

Speaker, Teacher, Researcher, Lecturer, Writer,
Workshop Leader


Courses, Lectures, Book Clubs, Talks, Seminars, Workshops,

On Motherhood Issues

Andrea O'Reilly is an Associate Professor at York University. In 1991 she designed Canada’s first university course on Motherhood, a course she teaches every year in the School of Women’s Studies. She also directs and teaches in the Bridging Program for Women, a pre-university course just for women. In 1998 she was the recipient of the "Teacher of the Year" award at York University. She is the mother of three children.

Andrea O'Reilly

O'Reilly is the founder and director of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) is the newly launched feminist scholarly and activist organization on mothering-motherhood, developed from the former Association for Research on Mothering at York University (1998-2010). She is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (formerly The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering).

Founder of the Feminist Mothers Group “Mother Outlaws”

Speaker, Consultant, Researcher on Motherhood Issues

Co-ordinated twenty plus conferences on Motherhood on topics as diverse as “Mothering and Work”, “Feminism and Motherhood”, “Motherhood and Popular Culture”.

Professor O’Reilly has been interviewed widely on this topic including appearances on “More to Life”, “Planet Parent”, “Canadian Living Television”, “Sex TV”, “Next.New.Now”, CBC radio, The Star and the The Sun. She has presented her research at forty plus conferences in more than a dozen countries.



Talks, Workshops, Seminars, Book Clubs, Classes by Andrea O’Reilly
Available on the following topics:

Images of Mothers in the Media
Mothers and Sons
History of Motherhood: From Goddesses to Soccer Moms
Motherhood and Work
Mothers and Daughters
Motherhood in Women’s writing
Becoming a Mother
Myths of Motherhood
‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Mothers
Motherhood and the Family
Cultural Differences in Mothering
The Realities versus the Images of Mothering
Motherhood and Feminism
Maternal Guilt
Changing Views of Mothers in Contemporary Society
Empowered Mothering

Talks, Lectures, Workshops on Motherhood Ideal for your: Workplace, Conferences, Union activities, High school, College and University students, Community Association, Book club, Retreats, Special events, Women’s groups, Fundraising Initiatives, Media Interviews.

Half day and Full Day Workshops Available

Day and Evening Courses

Panel Presentations



Day or Evening Talks

For more information, to inquire about rates and availability, and to book a speaking engagement. Please email aoreilly@yorku.ca, or telephone 905.775.3684.