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Oldredfordette
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Post Number: 1679
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 9:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For the mothers on the forum, have a great day.

Mother's Day Proclamation - 1870
by Julia Ward Howe

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"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."

From the voice of a 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 our 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 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.
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Pam
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Post Number: 1559
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 11:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Interesting. I've never read that before. I googled for some background info:

http://womenshistory.about.com /library/weekly/aa013100d.htm
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Kathinozarks
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Post Number: 461
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 12:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh, I do like that Women's history site, thanks for posting the link Pam.

A large conversation arises every time one of us women asks the question "what if women ran the world?" It's usually good for at least an hour of spirited discussion, then we just shake our heads and relinquish our power to our men. Funny, isn't it. (and I don't mean funny in a ha ha way).
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Paulmcall
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Post Number: 123
Registered: 05-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 12:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It would be interesting to see if a gal ran the White House if they could screw things up any worse or not than the guys.
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Kathinozarks
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Post Number: 466
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 12:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Paul says 'gal'! That is so 1940's.

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