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"I’ll be here with you for the next half hour of mom attitude, coming to you mostly from my home in Minneapolis, MN where I put together these shows for you, with help from my friends. Are you a mom? Oh good. Thanks for listening. Oh. You’re NOT a mom? Well, listen up! You HAVE a mom right? Sometimes the only news you hear about moms has to do with some business report or some stereotypical story about Mother’s Day. Here at MOMbo, Inc. a hardworking, emotional staff has put together 8 shows relating to some universal themes of motherhood. We want these shows to get out in the world...."

—Nanci Olesen
NOW YOU MOMbo: Moms Acting Up

The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued, by Ann Crittenden, Metropolitan Books
From the book jacket: "Drawing on hundreds of interviews from around the country, as well as the most current research in economics, sociology, history, child development and law, Crittenden shows how mothers are systematically disadvantaged and made dependent by a society that celebrates the labor of child-rearing but undervalues and even exploits those who perform it."

It was wonderful to interview Ann Crittenden, a former reporter for The New York Times, Fortune, and Newsweek, for "A MOMbo Mother’s Day 2002." That same interview is heard on NOW YOU MOMbo: Moms Acting Up.

"Mothers Ought To Have Equal Rights"
Ann Crittenden is a founding member of Mothers Ought to Have Equal Rights, a grass roots coalition with a mission "to improve the economic well being of mothers and other family care givers." The suggested reading list contains seven very good books on the subject of motherhood and economic equality (or lack thereof). There’s many other good resources at this site and the chance to get involved.

"Mothers & More"
Mothers & More is a non-profit organization that cares for the caregiver. They provide opportunities for mothers to connect with one another in ways that assist them in developing their unique identities as women and help them move more confidently through the transitions that affect their family, work and life.
Mothers & More was founded in 1987 by Joanne Brundage. Upon the birth of her second child, Brundage left her job as a letter carrier in order to stay at home full-time to raise her children. She soon felt the stress associated with the transition from full-time employment to at-home motherhood. This website is full of great resources and the opportunities to connect with other moms, and get involved in a local chapter.

"Mothers Acting Up"
Co-founder Beth Osnes is interviewed on our program, and the title of our program MOMS ACTING UP bears an uncanny similarity to the name of this organization. What I love about these women is that every Mother’s Day they get moms up on stilts and recite Julia Ward Howe’s Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace in the streets of our cities. You can start a chapter of Mothers Acting Up in your town. You can be inspired by these creative and strong hearted women, and you can order their 2005 date book, full of photographs and testimonials of do-good people working at the grass roots of their communities. I love this organization. I have their decal on the back of my van: a woman with her arms up high, on stilts: MOTHERS ACTING UP!!

"The Mother’s Day Proclamation for Peace" by Julia Ward Howe
In searching the web for a good copy of this poem/proclamation to post, I chose this one. Although you have to view the proclamation with a few ads around it, it is the most correct version I found. Read this inspiring poem. Learn more about the roots of Mother’s Day.

Here's what I say on this program (this is the short version! Have your daughter do a report on Julia Ward Howe! Do a one woman play about her! Read this aloud on Mother’s Day in your church, school or at your local coffee shop!)

My text from the show:

"I want to tell you about the roots of Mother's Day. In 1870 Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace." Howe is best remembered as the author of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic,' a piece she wrote when visiting a Union Camp in the midst of the Civil War. Set to the tune of 'John Brown’s Body lies a mouldering in the grave,' her words became an important reminder to Unionists that the Civil War was about the abolition of slavery."

With the popularity of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Julia Ward Howe, mother of six children, was asked to speak publicly often. She spoke most of what she had witnessed: the fighting and disease which killed the soldiers, the widows and orphans on both sides, and the economic destruction of both North and South. In the 1870's, the Franco Prussian War was beginning and Julia Ward Howe felt renewed distress about the violence of war. She called for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. Her idea was a Mother’s Day for Peace, a day for mothers of all nationalities to recognize that what they hold in common is more important than what divides them.

To HEAR Sally Wingert read The Mother's Day Proclamation
for Peace, click here.

Now here's the "Mother’s Day Proclamation for Peace" on the web:

"National Partnership for Women and Families"
"The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family" (quoted from the website, "about us").

This is another website that offers resources, links, and opportunities for involvement. If nothing else, it is good to read up on the kind of action that is underway, and to find out that you’re not crazy when you realize that the work you do as a family caregiver is the backbone of the society and yet not compensated for in any legitimate way.

"Motherhood has changed you forever. Let those changes seep into your every conversation as you continue to help shape a world in which motherhood is noticed, celebrated, cared for and legislated about. We need more attention."

—Nanci Olesen,
Moms Acting Up, NOW YOU MOMbo

6) Introduction: Nanci Olesen

7) Interview with Beth Osnes, co founder of Mothers Acting Up: http://www.mothersactingup.org

8) The real roots of Mother’s Day: Nanci Olesen
The Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace: Julia Ward Howe (1870)
read by Sally Wingert

9) interview with Ann Crittenden
"The Price of Motherhood" www.anncrittenden.com

10) "Lilac Week"
commentary by Lucinda Anderson

11) Credits and Parting words: Nanci Olesen

"Powderhorn Mambo" Steve Sabone Sandberg

"Voices in the Wind" from Portage for Youth, http://www.theportage.com

"Oh My Dear Child" by Ellis Bergeron from the Peppermint Sampler, vol. 2, http://www.ellis-music.com

"Song of Remembering," by Martha Boesing and Laurie Witzkowski

"My Own Twist" by Lisa Lauren www.lisalauren.com






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