Mother’s Day Proclamation

Mother’s Day Proclamation

 

The “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” (later known as “Mother’s Day Proclamation”) by Julia Ward Howe was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world. Written in 1870, Howe’s “Appeal to womanhood” was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The appeal was tied to Howe’s feminist conviction that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

In 1872 Howe asked for the celebration of a “Mother’s Day for Peace” on the 2nd June of every year, but she was unsuccessful.  The modern Mother’s Day is an unrelated celebration and it was established by Anna Jarvis years later.

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Mother’s Day for Peace: A Dramatic Reading of Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation:

 

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