Hallmarketing of Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 9, 2010 in Akbar Lightning, Peace, Philosophy, Truth, WAR

The “Mother’s Day Proclamation” by Julia Ward Howe was one of the early calls to celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States. Written in 1870, Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe’s feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided 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.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough 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 and 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 Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace 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.



  1. Roboboy
    May 9, 2010

    Roboboy has a dilemma

    He can not decide if what is being said matches his definition for sarcasm, or if it registers as a romantic cry for ages gone past.

    Please update Roboboy’s database

    Roboboy out!

  2. akbar lightning
    May 9, 2010

    is it ok to say, as the author, i don’t know…?

    that is sincere…

    i know that i find a lot of inspiration in the proclamation…

    when i think of mothers in an epic sense, i think of mary…

    and when i think of mother’s in a ‘golden girl’s’ american apple pie sense, as people my age are grandkids of depression era women, like betty white…my grandmother was quite irreverent…

    so, i wanted to put edges on all the faces of mother’s day…

    this is me defending in hindsight what came about unconsciously…i cop to that…

  3. Roboboy
    May 10, 2010

    Roboboy will file under:

    “Truth lies in the eye of the beholder”

    Roboboy out!

  4. globatron
    May 10, 2010

    I read this to my wife today and we were both moved.

    Just imagine if her dream of an international women’s congress was set up to bring upon global peace.

    What a powerful concept and piece of writing.

  5. Globatron.org
    October 3, 2010

    RT @globatron Hallmarketing of Mother’s Day: To promote the alliance of the different nationalities: http://bit.ly/dmsSm1

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