The Real Meaning of Mother’s Day

Julia’s Voice

“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies, 
Our husbands will 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 been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. 
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.”

In 1870, Unitarian activist, Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mothers Day Peace Proclamation, thus cementing her 12 year struggle to have the nation recognize the role of mothers in the public sphere. Howe’s Mothers Day is now a much loved civic celebration.

This year, return to Howe’s original intent for Mothers Day by working for peace. To learn more, please visit


The above is from the UUA Washington Office for Advocacy Email News and Updates
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