What women bring-- I look at these faces and I know it would take too long to tell you. The loving hours spent in the fields of human endeavor that bring us closer to justice and to caring for all.
...Music, teaching, bringing up the young. Linda, below, is wearing clothing she made from a commitment to garment workers... a new endeavor is born.
And Mira, below, is here from Guatemala supporting an art school there for young people and multiple other projects that help her community.
Orien and I were brunching yesterday to support the CCE&NN Program (see if I can get this right-- Community Clinical Education and Nurse Navigation Program) that assists women who are facing breast cancer financially as well as with education and emotional support. So many other women inside the Women's Club Mother's Day morning-- all doing good work.
It is an honor to be a mother and to stand next to my daughter as we resume our work as Women in this harried world. Yesterday was a wonderful step aside to just enjoy each others company.
The First Mother's Day proclaimed
in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe
was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace.
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women
who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!
Say firmly: "We will not have great questions
decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to
us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons
shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught
them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will
be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained
to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice
goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"
In the name of womanhood and of humanity,
I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit
of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed
most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its
objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
the amicable settlement of international questions, the great
and general interests of peace.
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
Blood not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil
at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail & commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel
with each other as to the means whereby the great human family
can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred
impress, not of Caesars but of God.
Biography of Julia Ward Howe
US feminist, reformer, and writer Julia Ward Howe
was born May 27, 1819 in New York City. She married Samuel Gridley
Howe of Boston, a physician and social reformer. After the Civil
War, she campaigned for women rights, anti-slavery, equality,
and for world peace. She published several volumes of poetry,
travel books, and a play. She became the first woman to be elected
to the American Academy
of Arts and Letters in 1908. She was an
ardent antislavery activist who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic
in 1862, sung to the tune of John Brown's Body. She wrote a biography
in 1883 of Margaret Fuller, who was a prominent literary figure
and a member of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalists. She
died in 1910.