The hypocrisy of Mother's Day

CONVERSATION, THE AUTHOR FOR THE LOVE OF MEN. LIZ, AS I SAID TO YOU LAST WEEK, I NEEDED TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH YOU TODAY OF ALL DAYS. BECAUSE PERSONALLY, THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. I WILL TAKE A HALLMARK CARD. WHAT TROUBLES ME, WE GIVE UP SO MUCH TO BE

MOMS. IT IS SOMETHING WE ARE GRATEFUL TO DO. I FEEL LIKE WE ARE FORGOTTEN ALONG THE WAY. I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT. I FEEL LIKE IT IS A REALLY IMPORTANT MESSAGE I NEEDS TO BE HEARD. >> THANK YOU, KATIE. THANK YOU FOR HOSTING

THIS CONVERSATION. YOU ARE A MOM, YOU KNOW THIS. THERE IS NO GROUP THAT WE GIVE SO LITTLE TO AND EXPECT SO MUCH IN RETURN FROM. WE DO NOT GIVE THEM PAID MATERNITY LEAVE, WE DON’T GIVE THEM UNIVERSAL CHILDCARE, WE DON’T GIVE THEM A WORKDAY THAT ALIGNS WITH THE

SCHOOL DAY. SCHOOL ENDS AND THEY NEED TO PICK UP THE KIDS. THAT IS NO SURPRISE THAT IN THAT ENVIRONMENT, DATA SHOWS THAT 60% OF MOTHERS ACTUALLY JUST WANT TO NAP ON MOTHER’S DAY. THEY JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE. WE DON’T NEED TO GIVE THEM MORE SCENTED CANDLES,

WE NEED TO GIVE THE MORE HELP. >> YOU NOTE THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT THERE. WE HEAR THE PLATITUDES THAT ARE GIVEN TO US BY OTHER MEN OR WOMEN, THE REALITY IS THAT IT

IS LACKING. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO EXPAND OR AMPLIFY THIS MESSAGE THAT MOMS SHOULD

NOT BE FORGOTTEN. TO REMOVE OURSELVES FROM PROFESSIONAL SPACES TO RAISE CHILDREN AND COME BACK. WHEN WE ASK FOR HELP, WE SHOULD NOT BE ASHAMED. MAYBE THE HELP SHOULD BE BAKED IN ALREADY. >> WE DON’T REALIZE AND RECOGNIZE HOW DANGEROUS IT IS TO BECOME A MOM. THE RISK THAT

WOMEN TAKE TO BECOME OTHERS IN A COUNTRY LIKE AMERICA. IT IS DANGEROUS TO GIVE BIRTH AND BE PREGNANT IN THE UNITED STATES THAN ANY OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY. WE HAVE THE MOST AMOUNT OF DEATHS THAT COME FROM PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH. THEN THE SUPREME COURT A FEW WEEKS AGO ARGUING

HOW MUCH ORGAN FAILURE IS ENOUGH ORGAN FAILURE FOR A WOMAN TO GET AN ABORTION THAT SHE NEEDS WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT. WE HAVE TO NOT JUST VALUE MOTHERHOOD WHEN WE SEE IT, AND VALUE ALL OF THE WORK THAT WOMEN PUT IN TO ARRIVING AT THAT BIOLOGICALLY AND PHYSICALLY.

NOT TO SAY THAT THERE HASN’T BEEN PROGRESS. THIS MAKES A REALLY BIG DENT WHEN IT COMES TO THE BLACK MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE WHICH IS ABYSMAL. THAT IS GOING TO SLOW. IT IS NOT HAPPENING FAST ENOUGH. >> WE ARE ALL LIVING IN THE POST-OVERTURNING OF ROE WORLD. YOU WANT

TO HAVE MOTHER’S DAY AND CELEBRATE MOMS, TAKE US OUT FOR BRUNCH AND YOU HAVE MISOGYNIST IN CONGRESS THAT IS TELLING WOMEN THAT YOU HAVE NO AUTONOMY OVER YOUR BODY, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE CHILD AND NOT GIVING SUPPORT THAT THE MOM WILL NEED TO NOT ONLY RAISE THE

CHILD FINANCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY AND EVERYTHING. AFTER RAISE A CHILD WILL NOT GIVE YOU HOPE TO DO THAT. >> EXACTLY, KATIE. YOU ARE PUTTING THE WORDS IN MY MOUTH. WE LIVE IN A MALE-DOMINATED SOCIETY SO WE HAVE POLICIES THAT TRICKLE DOWN FROM THE. THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH

WE SPENT ON THE MILITARY. SPENDING 800 BILLION DOLLARS AND GUESS HOW MUCH THEY SPENT IN MATERNITY HEALTHCARE? LESS THAN A HALF OF A PERCENT OF THAT. WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR. WE GET THE SOCIETY THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWER THINK MATTERS. AND THEY

WILL INVEST INTO THE POLICIES THAT MATTER TO THEM. THOSE POLICIES HAVE ISSUES TRICKLE DOWN FROM OTHERS GLOBALLY. EVERY HOUR, THERE ARE TWO MOTHERS THAT DIE IN GAZA. ISRAELI MOTHERS THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WITH THEIR ALDRIN BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING HELD HOSTAGE STILL. MOTHERS

DO NOT WANT BRANCH, THEY WANT A CEASE-FIRE. THEY WANT PEACE. MOTHERS ARE AFFECTED BY WAR, MOTHERS ARE ENGAGED IN THE FIGHT FOR PEACE. WE HAVE TO HAVE POLICIES THAT SUPPORT THEM. THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE TIME TO FIGHT FOR PEACE. >> THANK YOU FOR THIS HONEST CONVERSATION. I

THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HAVE HIM. THE TRANSPARENT AND HONEST CONVERSATIONS ARE IMPORTANT. I WOULD SAY THIS, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YO

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