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Forget Flowers This Mother's Day: 11 Ways to REALLY Help Mothers

Recent battles against reproductive rights and unions, and the gender wage gap, make it clear that this country doesn't support mothers.

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11. Celebrate mothers of all stripes, from all backgrounds.

I saved an important one for last. As a clever, new  Strong Families campaign reminds us, it's critical that we honor all mothers this Mother's Day -- not just the white, heterosexual, cis, 20- and 30-something, economically secure mothers who dominate the media landscape. So many mothers who don't fall into those categories are routinely ignored or reviled, so we must help dispel those stereotypes in whatever way we can.

All mothers deserve love and respect, on Mother's Day and every day.

 

Lauren Kelley is an associate editor at AlterNet and a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to Change.org, The L Magazine and Time Out New York. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter here.

 
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