The Mother’s Day Gift I Want
May 10, 2007Jewish mothers have gotten a bad rap—for being overprotective, overfeeding, intrusive, manipulative, guilt inducing. The list is easily extended. It is almost impossible to remember that the Jewish mother idea, like other stereotypes attached to ethnicity and gender, is a creation of the media–celebrated, or rather, denigrated, in films, television, radio, fiction, drama, and on the nightclub stage. She is not real at all.
Mothers in ActionOn Mother’s Day, 1,839 babies will be born in the United States without health insurance. Nine million children are uninsured and millions of others underinsured. Congress is preparing to consider reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Children’s Defense Fund asks you to join with them to encourage legislators to guarantee access for all children to comprehensive benefits and to simplify the enrollment process. Mothers Acting Up is advocating Mother Leadership for Mother’s Day 2007: “Children’s wellbeing is at the top of every mother’s agenda. It’s time to bring it to the top of our political agendas.” The group’s website offers a list of events and the opportunity, for a $25 donation, to send MAU Mother’s Day cards to the moms in your life. CodePink is sponsoring a Mother’s Day peace festival in Washington, D.C., and five days of actions to “aid our first woman Speaker of the House to exhaust every remedy for peace.” Activities include a day after (May 14) Mother of a March led by Cindy Sheehan.