At Mommyish, we’re not really fans of Mother’s Day. Call us crazy, but an influx of roses and cards simply doesn’t compensate for the rather pronounced injustices that American women with children confront everyday. From our pathetic excuse for a maternity leave to your employer breathing down your neck about breastfeeding to the gender pay gap, being an a mother in the United States could be celebrated in ways more beneficial than a one-time spa visit. Like protection in the workplace, preventing insurance companies from claiming pregnancy as a “pre-existing condition,” and kicking that infant mortality rate down a few rungs.
So while you’re penciling plans for a mediocre brunch with your in-laws, remember that mothers are by no means a respected cohort in the United States.