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Julia Ward Howe

Over the River and Through the Wood

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.24.2016 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As Americans travel to spend Thanksgiving with their friends and family, we think and sometimes even sing "Over the river and through the wood to grandfather's house we go... (or some variation thereof)." I didn't know until quite recently that the poem/song was written by a woman!

Mother's Day for Peace

Susan Shaer | Posted 05.07.2016 | Impact
Susan Shaer

I love getting scribbled cards from my grandchildren and the thoughtful notes from daughters and my sons-in-law. I like wishing my mother were still here and I think about how much she did not like being celebrated for something she already thought was a gift.

Not on Our Watch

Wendy Silvers | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Wendy Silvers

The outrage and sadness I feel at the abduction of these young girls in Nigeria cannot be described.

The Radical Feminist Roots Of Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

The only thing better than the sweet and sentimental Mother's Day is its radical feminist history steeped in religious values. The American incarna...

The Radical History Of Mothers Day

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Although I've never seen it on a pastel flowered greeting card, Mother's Day honors a progressive feminist, inclusive, non-violent vision for world community

'From the Bosom of the Devastated Earth,' a History of Mother's Day for Peace

Matthew Albracht | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Matthew Albracht

Too few Americans are aware that early advocates of Mother's Day in the United States originally envisioned it as a day of peace, to honor and support mothers who lost sons and husbands to the carnage of the Civil War.

The General Congress of Women: Let's Rock the World

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

The time is here for women to join with men in claiming our voices. The foundation has been laid to join and lead together. This opportunity was crafted by those who came before us; generations of men and women who have lived their lives so we can live ours.

Violence and Greeting Cards

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The history of violence that is coming to Chicago belongs entirely to NATO. What a paradox. We mask unutterable brutality and an agenda of endless violence and global domination in the language of Hallmark greeting cards and turn sound cannons on the ensuing cries of outrage.

Militarization of the Mothers: You've Come a Long Way, Baby, from Mother's Day for Peace

Coleen Rowley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Feminist war hawks don't want to talk about the women and children victims of war--or even count them--any more than their male counterparts.

Mother's Day: Where Did It All Begin?

Barbara Biziou | Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Biziou

Like many other holidays that have been commercialized in modern times, Mother's Day has centuries-old antecedents. Cultures around the world celebrated (and still do) the mother goddess as a representative of nurturing and the giver of all life.

An Ode to Mother's Day: Peace Begets Peace

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Perkins

We're in the midst of a war in our country and it's our job to re-engineer the world for peace. Our narrow-minded attitudes and the resultant policies...

Memorial Day: A History

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

'Why don't the mothers of mankind interfere in these matters, to prevent the waste of that human life of which they alone bear and know the cost?'

Mother's Day: Anti-War Celebration

Jeanine Molloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeanine Molloff

Julia Ward-Howe established the holiday for a radical reason: to end the violence plaguing the post-Civil War South. This Sunday the mothers of the children dying in Iraq deserve more than a card.