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Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive. Ann Oakley
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. E. M. Forster
Sending your mother a printed greeting card is a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write. Anna Marie Jarvis
Woman has her battlefield. With each child that she brings to the nation, she fights her fight for the nation Adolf Hitler
Men are mostly raised by women. Most men have not seen an authoritative woman since they were 8. They associate women in authority with childhood. Gloria Steinem
Men whose mothers had no formal education are inclined to oppose the notions of granting women equal political rights and equal employment opportunities. Quite the opposite is true of men whose mothers attended a university. Ayad Al-Qazzaz
Ecology has become the political substitute for the word "motherhood. Jesse Marvin Unruh
The ability of women is not known because they are relegated to the business of procreation, child-rearing, and breast feeding. Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi; Averroes
Marriage and the up-bringing of children in the home require as well-trained a mind and as well-disciplined a character as any other occupation that might be considered a career Eleanor Roosevelt
What is this life by which you, who exist still incomplete, count for more than I, who exist complete already? What is this respect for you that removes respect for me? What is this right of yours to exist that takes no account of my right to exist? Oriana Fallaci
So we find no statutory authority for the admission of females to the bar of any court of this state. And, with all the respect and sympathy for this lady which all men owe to all good women, we cannot regret that we do not. We cannot but think the common law wise in excluding women from the practice of the law... The law of nature destines and qualifies the female sex for the bearing and nurture of the children of our race and for the custody of the homes of the world and their maintenance in love and honor. And all lifelong callings of women, inconsistent with these radical and sacred duties of their sex, as is the profession of the law, are departures from the order of nature; and when voluntary, treason against it... Edward G. Ryan
God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death Book of Matthew
All womanhood is hampered today because the world on which it is emerging is a world that tries to worship both virgins and mothers and in the end despises motherhood and despoils virgins. W. E. B. Du Bois
The race cannot succeed, nor build strong citizens, until we have a race of women competent to do more than bear a brood of negative men. T. Thomas Fortune
There’s a woman at the beginning of all great things. Alphonse de Lamartine
While appreciating the social role of women and welcoming their political, cultural and social equality with men, the Church opposes the tendency to diminish the role of woman as wife and mother. The fundamental equality of the sexes does not annihilate the natural distinction between them, nor does it imply the identity of their callings in family and society. Russian Orthodox Church
The best drop of milk for the child--is the milk from its mother's breast. Alexandra Kollontai
The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign office of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator. Anonymous
Soldiers of tomorrow Anonymous
If you're going to send the mothers out into the work force, what are you going to do about the children they leave at home? Bruce Babbitt
There wasn't a kid in my neighborhood who knew his dad. My mother did it for us, and she still thinks I'm an underachiever. Willie Brown
I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly where her son is at every moment. Barbara Bush
A woman’s experience as a mother makes her uniquely qualified to govern. Violeta Barrios de Chamorro
To all you mothers out there who are raising your children alone either by choice or necessity, don't let anyone tell you you're not a family. Diane English
The human body is not lent out, is not rented out, is not sold. French Court of Cassation
While so much is said of the inferior intellect of woman, it is by a strange absurdity conceded that very many eminent men owe their station in life to their mothers. Matilda Joslyn Gage
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. Jewish Proverb
No, I haven’t given any thought to running for President. But my mother has thought about it. Joseph I. Lieberman
Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to become President, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. John F. Kennedy
There’s an old Arab saying … Let one hundred mothers cry, but not my mother – but better my mother than me. Michael Koubi
Mothers: Send Them Out of London England
If a man wish to separate from a woman who has borne him children, or from his wife who has borne him children: then he shall give that wife her dowry, and a part of the usufruct of field, garden, and property, so that she can rear her children. When she has brought up her children, a portion of all that is given to the children, equal as that of one son, shall be given to her. She may then marry the man of her heart. Hammurabi
The lineal descent of the people of the Five Nations shall run in the female line. Women shall be considered the progenitors of the Nation. They shall own the land and the soil. Men and women shall follow the status of the mother. Iroquois Nation
If we wish woman to fulfill the task of motherhood fully she cannot possess a masculine brain. If the feminine abilities were developed to the same degree as those of the male, her maternal organs would suffer and we should have before us a repulsive and useless hybrid. August Ferdinand Mobius
For 150 years a woman was regarded as some kind of prostitute if she wanted to go into business….Young girls were supposed to have their focus on motherhood and babies. Harold Evans
We know that sometimes the mother works outside of the home at the encouragement, or even insistence, of her husband. It is he who wants the items of convenience that the extra income can buy. Not only will the family suffer in such instances, brethren, but your own spiritual growth and progression will be hampered. I say to all of you, the Lord has charged men with the responsibility to provide for their families in such a way that the wife is allowed to fulfill her role as mother in the home. Ezra Taft Benson
A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. A woman enchained cannot choose but give a measure of that bondage to her sons and daughters. No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. Margaret Sanger
We agree fully that the mother and unborn child demand special consideration. But so does the soldier and the man maimed in industry. Industrial conditions that are suitable for a stalwart, young, unmarried woman are certainly not equally suitable to the pregnant woman or the mother of young children. Yet “welfare” laws apply to all women alike. Such blanket legislation is as absurd as fixing industrial conditions for men on a basis of their all being wounded soldiers would be. National Woman’s Party
With a generous endowment of motherhood provided by legislation, with all laws against voluntary motherhood and education in its methods repealed, with the feminist ideal of education accepted in home and school, and with all special barriers removed in every field of human activity, there is no reason why woman should not become almost a human thing. Crystal Eastman
Women are not trained to be housekeepers, nor to be wives, nor to be mothers ... Catharine Beecher
In vain are Schools, Accademics and universities instituted, if loose Principles and licentious habits are impressed upon Children in their earliest years…How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality and Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn that their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers. John Adams
If girl’s do not get educated, they cannot educate the next generation. We are looking at three billion children who were born to women who could not read. John J. Wood
The past subjection of women has so chastened women, so trained her to think of others rather than of herself, that after all it may have acted more as a blessing rather than a curse to the world? May it not bring her to the problems of the future with a purer aim and a keener insight than is possible for a man? Isabella Ormston Ford
The school intends to provide an education based upon religious principles which, preserving the modesty and gentleness of the female character, should so far cultivate a girl’s intellectual powers as to fit her for the discharge of those responsible duties which devolve upon her as a wife, mother and friend, the natural companion and helpmate for man. Cheltenham Ladies College
The children’s mother has no legal right to a voice in deciding w whether they shall be nursed; how or where educated; what trade or profession they shall adopt; in what form of religion they shall be instructed… If the father wishes the child to be left unvaccinated, the mother cannot legally have it done. Elizabeth Robins; C. E. Raimond
Republicans? Let me tell you about Republicans. They voted against Medicare. They voted against better old age pensions. Republicans! How can you possibly vote for people who vote against their own mothers? On November fifth, vote for Hubert Humphrey. He’ll take care of your mother. Tony Schwartz
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA‘s first African-American President. Family Leader
It was we who did the dispossessing. We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases. The alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us. Paul Keating
The Institution has been devised to afford the means of receiving your children at an early age, almost as soon as they can walk. By this means many of you, mothers and families, will be able to earn a better maintenance or support for your children; you will have less care and anxiety about them, while the children will be prevented from acquiring any bad habits. and gradually prepared to learn the best. Robert Owen
The idea of feminine authority is so deeply embedded in the human subconscious that even after all these centuries of father-right the young child instinctively regards the mother as the supreme authority. He looks upon the father as equal with himself, equally subject to the woman's rule. Children have to be taught to love, honor, and respect the father, a task usually assumed by the mother. Elizabeth Gould Davis
… we are told that we need these workers to support an aging society, yet, over the past three decades we have allowed over 40 million Americans to die in abortion clinics. Why have we turned our hearts on our own innocent babies and embraced the culture of death? We no longer even talk about the tragedy of abortion or its consequences on our mothers, our culture, or our land. Instead, of course, we are replacing- we are seeking to replace the missing with an imported servant class. Tom Tancredo
It is obvious that the role of the father as the central authority in the family has been considerably challenged in Western societies. Parental responsibilities, and I knowingly use the term responsibility instead of the term authority still used in the French Civil code, are nowadays shared equally between both parents. Christian Byk
The race is here faced with a startling fact. Our birth rate is declining; our infant mortality is increasing; our normal rate of increase must necessarily be slowing up; our educated and intelligent classes are refusing to have children; our women are going into the kind of work that taxes both physical and mental capacities, which of itself, limits fecundity. While white women are beginning to work more away from home, at present, even with the rush of all women into the wage earner's class, in New York City alone, seven times as many colored as white women work away from home. Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Even while I protest the assembly-line production of our food, our songs, our language, and eventually our souls, I know that it was a rare home that baked good bread in the old days. Mother’s cooking was with rare exceptions poor, that good unpasteurized milk touched only by flies and bits of manure crawled with bacteria, the healthy old-time life was riddled with aches, sudden death from unknown causes, and that sweet local speech I mourn was the child of illiteracy and ignorance. It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better. John Steinbeck
The very being and existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage William Blackstone
This is a question our women must answer; upon their loins depends the future destiny of the nation. Horatio Robinson Storer
The affirmative reason is that she has other, and in some sense, more important work to do. It is more important than the work of government because it is the work for the protection of which governments are organized among men. Woman does not wish to turn aside from this higher work, which is itself the end of life, to devote herself to government, which exists only that this higher work may be done. Nor does she wish to divide her energies between the two. This higher work, which is itself the end of life, is Direct Ministry to Life. Lyman Abbott
This election is not about Obama. It’s about your Mama. Al Sharpton
This is a matter far too important to be left solely in the hands of the scientific and medical communities. The belief that surrogate mothers and clonal babies are inevitable because science always moves forward, an attitude expressed to me recently by a scientific colleague, represents a form of laissez-faire nonsense dismally reminiscent of the creed that American business, if left to itself, will solve everybody's problems. Just as the success of a corporate body in making money need not set the human condition ahead, neither does every scientific advance automatically make our lives more 'meaningful.' No doubt the person whose experimental skill will eventually bring forth a clonal baby will be given wide notoriety. But the child who grows up knowing that the world wants another Picasso may view his creator in a different light. James D. Watson
There’s no such exception. With modern science and technology, you can’t find one instance… Absolutely. Joe Walsh
In the religion classes, students learn that the Saudi interpretation of Islam supersedes any worldly concept of human rights. Women have the most to lose, yet their ideas are so ingrained that I defy you to find a report of a Saudi mother complaining about what our children are being taught. Eman Al Nafjan
For me politics is an extension of my role as a mother and a grandmother. Nancy Pelosi
… above all she must press for a wage to be paid by the State legally to the mothers of educated men. It is the most effective way in which we can ensure that the married woman shall have a mind and a will of her own, with which, if his mind and will are good in her eyes, to support her husband, if bad to resist him—in any case to cease to be “his woman,” and to be herself. Virginia Woolf
...The wisest of all ages have acknowledged that the most important period in human education is in childhood. . - - This most important part of education is left entirely in the hands of the mother. She prepares the soil for future culture. . . . But the mother cannot give what she does not possess; weakness cannot impart strength. Ernestine Rose
My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist. Isidor Rabi
I have seen these liberal psychologists and sociologists talk about there is no need for the man in the family. The woman can take care of it. A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure. To provide stability. Not that a woman can’t provide stability, I’m not saying that... It does take a father, though Tom DeLay
Wars are detested by mothers. Horace; Quintus Horatius
Physicians would have to inform pregnant women of the risks of childbirth and motherhood. They would have to note that childbirth, compared to abortion is 14 times more likely to result in maternal death and is more often associated with depression and other forms of mental illness, They would have to emphasize that working women in the United States can expect their wages to drop 9 to 16 percent for each child, and that having a child makes it significantly more likely that an unmarried woman will ever marry. R. Alta Charo
English Prime Ministers and American Presidents, it’s amazing how many of them have lost a parent in their childhood. Malcolm Gladwell
The U. S. is the only modern democracy without some national system of child care, and now the average cost of child care has surpassed the cost of a college education. Gloria Steinem
Women with children are less likely to be hired and be paid well; men with children are more likely to be hired and be paid well. Gloria Steinem
… those [women] who are gainfully employed are usually working because of some real need. There are a few, however, who work because something in them craves the particular kind of work which they are doing, or an inner urge drives them to do a job. They are not entirely satisfied with work in the home. This does not mean that they are not good mothers and good housekeepers, but they need some other stimulus in life. Eleanor Roosevelt
There is no way to treat fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses as separate constitutional persons [separate from the mother] without subtracting pregnant women from the community of constitutional persons. Lynn Paltrow
Everywhere in the OECD, childless women in their 20s earn more like men than older women with children. And in the United States, those women actually earn more than childless women in their 20s. Kay S. Hyowitz
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place, and ain't I a woman? ... I have plowed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me -- and ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man (when I could get it), and bear the lash as well -- and ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me -- and ain't I woman? Sojourner Truth
It was we who did the dispossessing. We took the traditional lands and smashed the traditional way of life. We brought the diseases. The alcohol. We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice. And our failure to imagine these things being done to us. Paul Keating
My brood mare. Edward VII
Here are the reasons to NOT send your daughter to college: She will attract the wrong types of men. She will be in a near occasion of sin. She will not learn to be a wife and mother Fix the Family
Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap -- let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; -- let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars. Abraham Lincoln
When she cannot reach her own boys, many a mother gets great satisfaction by cooking extra food and having boys who are on leave, or boys from the camps, come to her for Sunday dinner. The churches are one of the many organizations in every community working along these lines. Eleanor Roosevelt
… women owe, first of all, a duty to their families. If they can so arrange their lives as to add an eight-hour job in a factory, then they should, and we should take our hats off to them. Eleanor Roosevelt
If a woman puts in a full day's work, what is left of her energy must be given to her family in personal contact and not in drudgery. Therefore, family restaurants will have to be organized as they have been abroad. Here good food may be obtained for entire families at the same price as they would pay for food at home. Eleanor Roosevelt
Both the egg donor and the infertile mother must abide by the religious codes regarding parenting. Ali Khamenei
In a home where there are too many children in proportion to the living space, the air and sunlight, the children are usually overcrowded and underfed. They are a constant burden on their mother's overtaxed strength and the father's earning capacity. Such homes cannot be gardens in any sense of the word. Margaret Sanger
We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men, and if we were free and developed, healthy in body and mind, as we should be under natural conditions, our motherhood would be our glory. That function gives women such wisdom and power as no male can possess. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Woman must have her freedom; the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she shall be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man's attitude may be, that problem is hers; and before it can be his, it is hers alone. Margaret Sanger
Has knowledge of birth control, so carefully guarded and so secretly practiced by the women of the wealthy class – and so tenaciously withheld from the working women – brought them misery? Rather, has it not promoted greater happiness, greater freedom, greater prosperity and more harmony among them? The women who have this knowledge are the women who have been free to develop, free to enjoy in its best sense, and free to advance the interests of the community. Margaret Sanger
Woman must have her freedom; the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she shall be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man's attitude may be, that problem is hers; and before it can be his, it is hers alone. Margaret Sanger
A little citizenship ought to be taught at the mother’s knee and in the nursery. Citizenship is what makes a republic; monarchies can get along without it. Mark Twain
With the development of the [birth control] pill, “womanhood” would no longer mean the same thing as “motherhood”. Jonathan Eig
Could it be that women in the United States have become too independent – that they have followed the lead of women like Margaret Sanger by neglecting family life for career?. Mike Wallace
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent your sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well. Kemal Ataturk
Once middle-class white women began to emancipate themselves and get involved in public and political life… abortion took on its modern meaning of self-determination and active decision making. Those are bedrock American values for men, but not for women, who are supposed to be self-sacrificing, other-oriented, maternal, and dependent. Katha Politt
Abortion is part of being a mother and of caring for children, because part of caring for children is knowing when it is not a good idea to bring them into the world. Katha Politt
Those who are not hard-hearted enough to murder themselves leave it to others, to parish nurses who leave the babies to starve. Daniel Defoe
If being ‘selfless’ means a woman must give up her own inner identity and personal growth, that understanding of selflessness is wrong. … But today’s liberationist model goes too far the other way, stereotyping women as excessively independent of their families. A more sensible view is that husbands and wives are interdependent with each other. … The critics who moved mothers from dependence to independence skipped the fertile middle ground of interdependence. Those who moved mothers from selflessness to selfishness skipped the fertile middle ground of self-chosen service that contributes toward a woman’s personal growth. Because of these excesses, debates about the value of motherhood have, ironically, caused the general society to discount not only mothers but women in general. Bruce C. Hafen
If a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness; they shall be burned with fire, both he and they; that they be no wickedness among you. Book of Leviticus
A capable mother keeps her young people employed and thus out of mischief. She demands from them co-operative helpfulness. She maintains Shelter. She distributes praise and blame. She keeps order. She does not pretend to practice "democracy", the children do not elect their teachers nor determine the methods of family government. Any mother who knows her business is in her home an absolute domestic dictator. It is she who decides what the children shall eat and wear, when they shall get up or go to bed, and go to school, and come home, &c. Her reign extends however, only over the young and her sole object is to fit them to take proper care of themselves later and to make their own way in life Prestonia Mann Martin
We need more women and moms in Congress — both in the House and in the Senate. So we should make sure that the congressional workplace reflects the needs of working moms. The House allows children on the House floor, and I believe it should be allowed in the Senate too. My kids, and having all three of them while serving in the House, have made me a better legislator. Being a mom makes politics real. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
As tough as juggling the demands of motherhood and being a Senator can be, I’m hardly alone or unique as a working mother, and my children only make me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere. For me to find out that there are issues with the United States Senate’s rules where I may not be able to vote or bring my child onto the floor of the Senate when I need to vote because we ban children from the floor, I thought, ‘Wow, I feel like I’m living in the 19th century instead of the 21st". Tammy Duckworth