If there’s one sound effect that might accompany a new photo exhibit of mothers opening Thursday at Portland State University and the YWCA in Portland, it’s this…[Clearing throat.]
The exhibit is called Beggars and Choosers, Motherhood is NOT a class privilege in America. And curator and historian Ricki Solinger says what it is, is primarily an interruption. An interruption in the usual perception of who is a mother, a legitimate mother.
She points out that mostly Americans think of legitimate mothers as those who can afford a certain level of provision for their children — in other words, women of a certain class.
We caught up with Ricki Solinger just before the exhibit opened. She says the idea that only certain women should be mothers peaked in the Ronald Reagan Administration.