Thank You for The Mother’s Day Proclamation

By Julia Ward Howe 1870 

and it is still very relevant today…

“Mother’s Day Proclamation”

    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.


ALSO: for a rerun of “Thank you for The Mother of my Invention” click the following link…







~ by leakelley on May 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “Thank You for The Mother’s Day Proclamation”

  1. Beautiful. Thoughtful. Thought provoking. Thank you. L.

  2. […] Mother’s Day Proclamation […]

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