Mothers' Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870
Mother's Day for Peace - by Ruth Rosen.
Honor Mother with Rallies in the Streets. The holiday began in activism; it needs rescuing from commercialism and platitudes.
Since then, Mother's Day has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry.
Americans may revere the idea of motherhood and love their own mothers, but not all mothers. Poor, unemployed mothers may enjoy flowers, but they also need child care, job training, health care, a higher minimum wage and paid parental leave. Working mothers may enjoy breakfast in bed, but they also need the kind of governmental assistance provided by every other industrialized society.
Nineteenth century women dared to dream of a day that honored women's civil activism.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Mothers' Day Proclamation
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