Returning Mother's Day to its original meaning.

Women writing about politics, etc.
May 8 2009 7:07 AM

Soap to Ploughshares

How to return Mother's Day to its original meaning.

Also in Slate: Why young women treat their mothers like friends. Giving birth 10,000 miles from home. And families affected by corrupt international adoption groups.

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Now here's a message the founding mothers of the holiday would have understood: just a simple request to sign a declaration demanding the destruction of nuclear weapons so that we leave a safer planet for our children. How delightfully quaint.

Ruth Rosen, former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, is professor emerita of history and currently teaches at University of California-Berkeley. She is the author of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America.