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.
Forget the flowers. Send us indestructible Wonder Woman shields and Captain Marvel’s superhuman strength for Mother’s Day.
We believe that this Congressional class—the most diverse in years, and full of firsts—will lead this country in the direction of better supporting women of color who want to have children, without the looming threat of losing their lives and their economic stability.
Forward Together worked with dozens of partner organizations in the Strong Family Network to launch its 2019 Mamas Day campaign. The theme—Powers and Flowers—reminds us that while Mamas Day is a day to shower our mamas with love and affection, it can also be a time to recognize their power and tireless efforts to ensure that our families have what they need to thrive.
My grandmother decided to end an abusive marriage in 1961, at a time when divorce was not even considered an option. She went against everyone and raised my mother single-handedly to be an independent woman. Her examples of courage and her values enabled my mother and me to fight for our rights and have a […]
The biggest hurdle to saving mother’s lives isn’t a lack of solutions. It’s marshalling the data, the policies and the will to save them. This Mother’s Day, join me and The Rockefeller Foundation in vowing to end maternal deaths.
Life may be suffering, but we all have the ability to show up for one another—on Mother’s Day and every day.