Having realized the horrors of illegal abortions in 1969 when her best friend was forced to undergo an illegal procedure, she knew something must be done. That is why in 1991 after years of tirelessly advocating for reproductive justice, Schorr pitched the idea of a national independent fund for poor women who were unable to pay for safe and legal abortions.
Now, more than ever, conflicting political and social perspectives reflect a need for women to collectively define our moral imperatives, clarify cultural values, and inspire meaningful change—especially to our daughters.
“Despite the excruciating pain, fear and loss, I still had an essential job to do. Because … as a mom and parent, meeting my child’s needs came first. Today, mothers around the country are also trying to meet their children’s needs.”
Writer and professor Gloria González-López recalls her mother’s words In Spanish and English throughout the years in this moving personal essay.
“Do not put any makeup on her. I think that when she grows up, she going to be like those women who think and write.”
“The priest is a man; the priest is not God.”
“Soy una sirvienta sin sueldo”—I am a maid with no pay.
Online learning is affecting families and teachers. And while we struggle through what crisis schooling looks like, it’s important to celebrate the mom and teacher victories.
We know that mothers across the world move mountains every day to give their children a brighter future—despite the challenges they face. They are nurturing, resilient and resourceful.
Thursday nights—when my dad met his boys for tennis at the 59th Street courts, followed by burgers and drinks at PJ Clark’s—the ladies gathered in the living room to talk about the breakdown of communication in their marriages, the insidious and daily oppression they felt, the depression and malaise in the absence of career or workplace engagement.
Instead of seeing a therapist, I typed some of my feelings and experiences into Google. That’s when I realized I wasn’t alone. That was how I found about about the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe’s 1870 “Mother’s Day Proclamation” called for advancing peace and equality. Centuries later, her words still ring true.
When it comes to improving women’s lives and the lives of their families, the U.S. falls abysmally short. We laud mothers, but we are failing them.