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  • noun Plural form of maternalist.


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  • These women, later dubbed the "maternalists," saw the slow, steady disintegration of the American family under radically new economic conditions as the central challenge of their time.

    'Grand New Party: How Republicans can Win the Working Class and Save The American Dream'

  • He discusses the paradox between activist “maternalists” who accomplished much and the feminist argument that their acts actually transferred nineteenth century gender bias to contemporary society.

    Bertha Floersheim Rauh.

  • So for maternalists to champion the virtues that have inculcated femininity seems also to champion a patriarchal system that relegates one gender to the role of caretaker.

    Feminist Political Philosophy

  • By the 1990s, though, many maternalists had revised their views.

    Feminist Political Philosophy

  • Some maternalists have sought to take the virtues that had long been relegated to the private realm, such as paying particular attention to those who are vulnerable or taking into consideration circumstances and not just abstract principles, and use them as well in the public realm.

    Feminist Political Philosophy

  • In the words of Allan Carlson, the best recent historian of their movement, the maternalists "defined the family as the true crucible of Americanism, and held up the mother ['s role] ... as their economic and political program for renewal."

    'Grand New Party: How Republicans can Win the Working Class and Save The American Dream'


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