Sure to become a classic on female empowerment, a groundbreaking exploration of the personal, cultural, and global implications of intergenerational trauma created by patriarchy, how it is passed down from mothers to daughters, and how we can break this destructive cycle.

A Guide to Healing the Mother Wound and Claiming Your Personal Power
by Bethany Webster
William Morrow, January 2021

Why do women keep themselves small and quiet? Why do they hold back professionally and personally? What fuels the uncertainty and lack of confidence so many women often feel? In this paradigm-shifting book, leading feminist thinker Bethany Webster identifies the source of women’s trauma. She calls it the Mother Wound—the systemic disenfranchisement of women by the patriarchy—and reveals how this cycle is perpetuated by wounded mothers who unconsciously pass on damaging beliefs and behaviors to their daughters. In her workshops, online courses, and talks, Webster has helped countless women re-examine their lives and their relationships with their mothers, giving them the vocabulary to voice their pain, and encouraging them to share their experiences. In this manifesto and self-help guide, she offers practical tools for identifying the manifestations of the Mother Wound in our daily life and strategies we can use to heal ourselves and prevent our daughters from enduring the same pain. In addition, she offers step-by-step advice on how to reconnect with our inner child, grieve the mother we didn’t have, stop people-pleasing, and, ultimately, transform our heartache and anger into healing and self-love. Revealing how women are affected by the Mother Wound, even if they don’t personally identify as survivors, DISCOVERING THE INNER MOTHER revolutionizes how we view mother-daughter relationships and gives us the inspiration and guidance we need to improve our lives and ultimately create a more equitable society for all.

Bethany Webster is a writer, transformational coach, and international speaker. Webster earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Rhode Island College. After leaving academia and working in medical communications, Webster decided to focus her work on her exploration of the Mother Wound, building on the insights she’d gained through research and the twenty years she’d spent uncovering and healing her own mother wound. She began blogging about the Mother Wound in 2013 on and quickly experienced worldwide demand for her work. Webster has presented her work on the Inner Mother at renowned retreat centers, as well as to audiences around the globe.

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