Take Back the Day Mother's Day, that is
The modern Mother's Day was born from the dream of American writer and women's suffrage and anti-slavery activist, Julia Ward Howe, who, horrified at the carnage of the US Civil War, wrote in the Mother's Day Proclamation of 1870 that "we, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs " and called for an international congress of women,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Her idea was taken up by Ann Reeves Jarvis, who founded "Mothers Friendship Day" to reconcile communities torn apart by the U.S. Civil War. A few years later, a new "Mother's Day for Peace" began with a call for women to unite across national boundaries to end war. For over fifty years, Mother's Day was about women working together for a better world.
You can reclaim the original meaning of Mother's Day. Make a gift to Inter Pares in honour of the women who have made a difference in your life and support the efforts of women in communities around the world who are promoting peace and justice. With each donation, you can send your own customized greeting card that tells your sisters, your friends and family that you want to "pay forward" to others the love and care you've received from them a wonderful way to honour your mother, pay homage to your grandmother, give courage to your daughter, and recognize all the important women who enrich your life and our world.
TAKE BACK THE DAY celebrates the real roots of Mother's Day by raising funds for women and organizations working towards social transformation, and offers a gift-giving alternative to people who care about peace and justice.
Visit Take Back the Day to give a gift, send a card, and watch the video of the history of Mother's Day. Celebrate Mother's Day the way the founders intended with a little peace and justice.
|Reviewed February 1, 2011||Publishing Policies|