Sitcom Moms: An Intersectional Case Study of Gender and Labor


  • Kathy Cacace The University of Texas at Austin


Gender, Race, Class and Work


This lesson plan identifies motherhood as a social location of significant intracategorical complexity. Using sitcom moms as a vehicle for intersectional analysis, students will analyze television representations of working motherhood and their depiction of race, ethnicity, class, age, marital status, and other dimensions of identity. Students will also reflect on their own media consumption and the maternal figures in their lives.

Keywords: intersectionality, motherhood, television, comedy, labor, gender

Author Biography

Kathy Cacace, The University of Texas at Austin

Kathy Cacace (M.A., City University of New York Graduate Center) is a Ph.D student in Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include feminist perspectives on television comedy as well as the true crime genre. Previously, she worked as a book editor and educational digital product developer at two major STM publishers.