|Mother’s Day is a special holiday in our family. Mother’s day has always been a day for my family to honor a truly exceptional woman who has taught me practical life skills like cooking the best fried chicken known to humankind, gardening, and home improvement tips.
In a broader sense my mother has also taught me life lessons like tolerance and respect for others, humility, and that no one person is better than another and thus, everyone should have equal rights, regardless of their gender. Now that I am grown, I see that tolerance and respect is not our country’s strong suit. Racial hate crimes have increased in the past four years. We have seen a resurgence in political violence. Violence against women continues to be a problem. We must strive for an an American experience, where citizens, no matter their race, political persuasion, or gender do not have to fear what their fellow Americans may do to them.
Now that I am grown, I also see that equal rights, although granted in theory, are not always granted in practice to women or other people based on things like their sexual orientation or race. States are passing laws restricting a woman’s right to chose what happens to her own body. The United States ranks 45th in gender equality in the world. States continue to pass laws discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation. Police officers continue to kill innocent people solely due to racial profiling. Needless to say, there is much work left to do in the fight for equal rights.
This mother’s day I also see the importance of the Biden Administration’s agenda of implementing the child tax credit, increasing access to child care for working mothers, and the creation of a paid family and medical leave program. With a brand new nephew, I can see how these policies would be a help to the newest mother in our family. My new nephew has made me think about the future and what can be done to help him have his best life. This improved quality of life reminds me of my mother, who always seems to make everything better. From boo-boos as a child to adult problems, my mother is the first one I call to help me make things better. I think if we take some of the lessons my mama taught me like tolerance, respect, and equality, the world would be a better place.