Greeted Card - Mother's Day Proclamation - "Happy Mother's Day" - Individual | Syracuse Cultural Workers

Greeted Card - Mother's Day Proclamation - "Happy Mother's Day" - Individual

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SCW ©2004. Quote by Julia Ward Howe. Design SCW.

Reformer, writer, poet and lecturer, Julia Ward Howe co-founded (with Lucy Stone and others) the New England Women's Club, which later became the American Woman Suffrage Association. She also worked for world peace, in 1891 founding the American Friends of Russian Freedom and serving as president of the United Friends of Armenia in 1894. The immediate stimulus for her 1870 Mother's Day proclamation was the Franco-Prussian was, which she believed to be an egregious example of war as "a cruel and unnecessary contest...the issue having been one which might easily have been settled without bloodshed." (from her Reminiscences, 1819-1899) Throughout her life she worked to expand the avenues open to women confined to unhappy marriages like her own. Despite her many accomplishments and work for justice, she is most often remembered today as author of the lyrics toThe Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Greeting Inside: Happy Mother's Day!

Text On Inside Left: Arise, then women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands shall not come to us reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. 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." From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!" Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each learning after her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God. In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

5x7, with envelope

Mother's Day


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