Mother’s Day Wish

13 May

The following is an editorial from two dear friends of mine.  Both women are strong, brilliant, compassionate social workers trying to make the world a better place.  Thank you, JoAnna and Sara.

Don’t give us brunch; Give us social change.

What is the most important thing we can we give our mothers this Mother’s Day? It’s not brunch, flowers, or jewelry; It’s social change. How about public policy that supports children and families? How about legislation that will not force us to choose between caring for our families and keeping our jobs? How about joining every other industrialized nation that has paid leave for mothers to care for newborns? Why don’t we honor our mothers by fighting for equal lifetime earnings, paid sick days, and access to health care? We see through the fluff and we do not want stuffed animals. Give us what we need most: lawmakers with real family values who fight for mothers and families, policies that allow us to be better mothers, and the choice to be with our children. So, give Ann Romney all the trinkets that she wants, but the rest of us need and want social change.


12 Responses to “Mother’s Day Wish”

  1. Jani May 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Hear, hear.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      They did a nice job, didn’t they!

      • Jani May 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

        Heck yes they did. Hi-5s all around.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

        I really enjoyed your both of your posts on Mother’s Day! Well Done!

      • Jani May 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

        Thank you, “mother” is a word that means something intimately different for me, than most of the masses it seems. I take it very seriously these days 🙂

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

        Understandably so.

  2. newsofthetimes May 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Love this! Thanks for posting!

  3. nevercontrary May 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I like to think that we are bringing social change everyday by the way we raise our children! And by demanding change from our politicians.

  4. Jay May 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    A terrific pair of columns by the Chicago Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg address Mother’s Day and equality in a very effective manner. First is a profile of a particular family that is free of spin or editorializing, while the second provides excellent context for the first column, and analysis of the larger implications. I found these columns courtesy of Dan Savage’s blog:

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm #


      Thanks for the links. I think I like the second article a bit more. Oy, the first mom having triplets gives me a headache. The two moms in Vermont having 4 children also give me a headache. I feel way too old to keep up with that many young kids. I admire those moms.

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