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We Are All the Antithesis of Our Parents in Some Way

Phy's mother and granduncle.

My mother grew up during the war and could not afford new clothing, so she over-compensated by making us wear suits to school.

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Honoring the Woman Who Cleaned Houses So I Could Have a Better Life

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Growing up, I thought it was tough being the daughter of a migrant. But on Mama’s Day, I remember my mom’s struggle and how it has made me a better person.

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One Mama, Many Mamahoods

Diana as a small child with her mother.

The professional, older mother who is constantly negotiating conflicts between her career expectations and having a young child at home is not a face you see all that often in Hallmark cards, especially if that face is an immigrant and a former teen mom.

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The Real Cost of Health-Care Insecurity

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I spent part of my childhood in pain and not talking about it. It was better to have a cracked rib than make my mom spend her hard-earned money to take me to the doctor and get it x-rayed.

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How Empathy Brings Us Closer to a Radical Definition of Family

As we approach mother’s day, I’m thinking about my mom and the women from Guatemala and the millions of other mothers who are undermined because of inhumane policies and practices.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I’m thinking about my mom and the women from Guatemala who cared for me when I was young and the millions of other mothers who are undermined because of inhumane policies and practices.

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Moving Immigrant Mothers Beyond Second-Class Status

As we get ready to celebrate and honor the work that mamas do every day, I am struck by the severe disconnect between what immigrant mamas need to take care of their families and our current immigration policies.

As we get ready to celebrate and honor the work that mamas do every day, I am struck by the severe disconnect between what immigrant mamas need to take care of their families and our current immigration policies.

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Adopted Against Her Will: One Woman Shares Her Story

What would you do if you arrived in a foreign country ready to study on an educational exchange and only to discover you had been “adopted” by a family that thought you were an orphan? (Via Melissa Harris Perry)

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Not That We Needed Any More Proof That Kids Love Their Gay Parents, But Here It Is Anyway

Supporters of changing Minnesota’s law banning same-sex marriage bring their kids along to a news conference announcing a bill to repeal that ban.

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Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same

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In the campaign’s SMS exchange about Anaya, the pregnant teen character who is bullied at the prom, she is no longer called a “fat loser”—now she’s just called a “loser.” Progress?

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NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Shaming to Bus Shelters and Cell Phones

The New York Human Resource Administration's new teen pregnancy prevention campaign takes shame as a prevention tactic to an entirely new level.

The New York Human Resource Administration’s new teen pregnancy prevention campaign takes shame as a prevention tactic to an entirely new level.

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