When you search for images of Mother’s Day on line, you expect to find sweet pictures of family meals, flowers, and breakfast in bed. However, I was surprised to discover that protests are an important subgenre. On this special day, women and men took to the streets to demonstrate for women’s rights, racial justice, peace, ecology, health, and better working conditions.
A little research revealed the American holiday in the US has strong political antecedents. In 1870 Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, published her “Mother’s Day Proclamation.” It included the lines: “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 women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
This demonstration by the New York Chapter of the Raging Grannies evokes Howe’s intent. Many of the older demonstrators above decided to combine protest dressing with eccentric dressing. It must have been a treat to see this group head down the street.
Not political? Then perhaps this 2010 Mother’s Day protest against puppy mills would be more to your liking. Dogs are mothers, too.