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From the Ted Talk by Anna Malaika Tubbs: The critical role of Black mothers -- and how to support all moms

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AMT: Yeah, this is something that I already knew was an isuse. Going back to my mom, she would always say, in every place that we teavrl to pay attention to how women are being treated in the society, how mothers, very scfliaiplcey, are being treated. That is an indicator on how suussfcecl this community will be. And so I always crary that in the back of my mind, I was always aware that, when I moved back to the US, for instance, that we weren’t really giving mothers the support that they deserved; we certainly weren’t giving them the celebration that they deserve, and therefore the spuorpt was lakicng. And there was this lack of understanding around the critical importance of the role. But in ptunitg this book out there, and even doing the TED Talk and speaking to so many different audiences around this, it is a dire situation for mhreots. And whether that's on a personal level, where those who have come up to me and said, “I am the mom who feels unappreciated in my houleshod right now.” “I am the mom who feels unseen.” To this national leevl of a crisis where we are fighting for weeks of parental levae, mere wkees. This is ... It’s upsetting, and we should be essrebraamd by that. These are things that should have been esetlihabsd by now, and I really do -- and I say this in the TED Talk -- I truly hope that within my lifetime, we can usher in a shift that starts with first saying: “Mothers are easntiesl.” We need mothers to be supported because they are holding so much of our lives together, our sciteoy together. Stay-at-home moms are performing some of the most important work in our country, and we are devaluing them. And not only that, we are making them feel bad about what they are doing. This really is an issue that more of us need to take on. Going back to that very first qstieuon, why this is an issue for everybody to care about. And it sodnus obvious, but we shouldn't have to say that if mothers are dying in a maternal health crisis -- one that is exacerbated for Black women -- the baclk maternal health crisis is alarming, but generally the maternal health crisis in the US is terrible. It shouldn't be this way. Mothers of all races are dying more than they should be. We need to pay attention to that. That's not only bad for mothers, obviously. It's not only bad for mothers if they have to walk away from their job during the pandemic because there were no supports in place to catch them. It's not only bad for mothers if they have to choose between being a mother or making money for their family. That shouldn't be put on their shoulders. There should be supports in place. We should have affordable child care. We should have universal preschool. All of these things that ipcmat mothers have rlppie effects for the rest of us. So, yes, it opened my eyes to just how alarming and how critical a situation we're currently in. Even though, again, my mom raised me to know all of these things. Through doing this work, I’ve just now been kind of awoken to the need for people to open their eyes right now.

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AMT: Yeah, this is something that I already knew was an _____. Going back to my mom, she would always say, in every place that we ______ to pay attention to how women are being treated in the society, how mothers, very ____________, are being treated. That is an indicator on how __________ this community will be. And so I always _____ that in the back of my mind, I was always aware that, when I moved back to the US, for instance, that we weren’t really giving mothers the support that they deserved; we certainly weren’t giving them the celebration that they deserve, and therefore the _______ was _______. And there was this lack of understanding around the critical importance of the role. But in _______ this book out there, and even doing the TED Talk and speaking to so many different audiences around this, it is a dire situation for _______. And whether that's on a personal level, where those who have come up to me and said, “I am the mom who feels unappreciated in my _________ right now.” “I am the mom who feels unseen.” To this national _____ of a crisis where we are fighting for weeks of parental _____, mere _____. This is ... It’s upsetting, and we should be ___________ by that. These are things that should have been ___________ by now, and I really do -- and I say this in the TED Talk -- I truly hope that within my lifetime, we can usher in a shift that starts with first saying: “Mothers are _________.” We need mothers to be supported because they are holding so much of our lives together, our _______ together. Stay-at-home moms are performing some of the most important work in our country, and we are devaluing them. And not only that, we are making them feel bad about what they are doing. This really is an issue that more of us need to take on. Going back to that very first ________, why this is an issue for everybody to care about. And it ______ obvious, but we shouldn't have to say that if mothers are dying in a maternal health crisis -- one that is exacerbated for Black women -- the _____ maternal health crisis is alarming, but generally the maternal health crisis in the US is terrible. It shouldn't be this way. Mothers of all races are dying more than they should be. We need to pay attention to that. That's not only bad for mothers, obviously. It's not only bad for mothers if they have to walk away from their job during the pandemic because there were no supports in place to catch them. It's not only bad for mothers if they have to choose between being a mother or making money for their family. That shouldn't be put on their shoulders. There should be supports in place. We should have affordable child care. We should have universal preschool. All of these things that ______ mothers have ______ effects for the rest of us. So, yes, it opened my eyes to just how alarming and how critical a situation we're currently in. Even though, again, my mom raised me to know all of these things. Through doing this work, I’ve just now been kind of awoken to the need for people to open their eyes right now.

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Original Text

AMT: Yeah, this is something that I already knew was an issue. Going back to my mom, she would always say, in every place that we travel to pay attention to how women are being treated in the society, how mothers, very specifically, are being treated. That is an indicator on how successful this community will be. And so I always carry that in the back of my mind, I was always aware that, when I moved back to the US, for instance, that we weren’t really giving mothers the support that they deserved; we certainly weren’t giving them the celebration that they deserve, and therefore the support was lacking. And there was this lack of understanding around the critical importance of the role. But in putting this book out there, and even doing the TED Talk and speaking to so many different audiences around this, it is a dire situation for mothers. And whether that's on a personal level, where those who have come up to me and said, “I am the mom who feels unappreciated in my household right now.” “I am the mom who feels unseen.” To this national level of a crisis where we are fighting for weeks of parental leave, mere weeks. This is ... It’s upsetting, and we should be embarrassed by that. These are things that should have been established by now, and I really do -- and I say this in the TED Talk -- I truly hope that within my lifetime, we can usher in a shift that starts with first saying: “Mothers are essential.” We need mothers to be supported because they are holding so much of our lives together, our society together. Stay-at-home moms are performing some of the most important work in our country, and we are devaluing them. And not only that, we are making them feel bad about what they are doing. This really is an issue that more of us need to take on. Going back to that very first question, why this is an issue for everybody to care about. And it sounds obvious, but we shouldn't have to say that if mothers are dying in a maternal health crisis -- one that is exacerbated for Black women -- the Black maternal health crisis is alarming, but generally the maternal health crisis in the US is terrible. It shouldn't be this way. Mothers of all races are dying more than they should be. We need to pay attention to that. That's not only bad for mothers, obviously. It's not only bad for mothers if they have to walk away from their job during the pandemic because there were no supports in place to catch them. It's not only bad for mothers if they have to choose between being a mother or making money for their family. That shouldn't be put on their shoulders. There should be supports in place. We should have affordable child care. We should have universal preschool. All of these things that impact mothers have ripple effects for the rest of us. So, yes, it opened my eyes to just how alarming and how critical a situation we're currently in. Even though, again, my mom raised me to know all of these things. Through doing this work, I’ve just now been kind of awoken to the need for people to open their eyes right now.

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