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Rethinking Immigration: Moms Will Do Whatever it Takes to Protect Their Kids

Congress needs to understand something important as it works to pass a new immigration law: Neither a border nor even the threat of detention can keep a determined parent from trying to reach a child who needs her care.

As Congress works to pass a new immigration law, legislators must realize that neither a border nor the threat of detention will keep a determined parent from trying to reach a child who needs her care.

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Fighting Back Against Hyatt’s War on Mamas

Hyatt Hotels, a global corporation, has been engaging in its own war on women… their own workers. This Mama’s Day, I want to recognize an incredible group of women who are fighting back to demand better treatment for themselves and their co-workers. 

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Mother’s Day Poem: A Mother’s Moment of Clarity

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My daughters! Remember that the secret of eternity is being in the moment, connected to everything real while breathing the dreams of the past and the future.

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Mother’s Day for the Rest of Us: What Mamas Need Can’t Be Found in a Greeting Card

Shanelle Matthews with her mom.

The mothers whose lives are not being reflected on greeting cards are in need of something that can’t be delivered, worn, or eaten. They need policies that accurately reflect the reality of their daily lives. 

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Mamahood by Choice, Not Chance

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This Mama’s Day, I encourage all women to stand up and say, “Mamahood by Choice!” Becoming a mama should always be a decision that a woman makes with her partnerand not because she doesn’t have access to family planning. 

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Loving So Much It Hurts: Why I’m Not Sure If I Can Be a Mom

Nina and her Mama.

The question of motherhood, of raising a child, of being a mother to another human life is so loaded for me that I spend an equal amount of time trying not to think about it and obsessing about it.

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Mama’s Day Our Way: Celebrating Diversity on Mother’s Day 2012

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Mother’s Day has a way of making everyone feel like an outsider. This brunch-y, kid friendly version of Mother’s Day, creates the feeling that there is some elusive “right way” to celebrate and be celebrated. We want to flip that.

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We All Love Babies. Not Everyone Loves the Women Who Bear Them.

Anti-choicers rely on two truisms–everyone loves babies but not everyone loves women–to erase public understanding of the intimate connection between reproductive freedom for women and the well-being of wanted children.

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My Mother’s Story: Still a Reality for Far Too Many Women

As we prepare to honor our mothers, I am struck by the difference between my mother’s childbearing experiences and my own.  I had many choices; she had few.

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