Because i said so

The National congress of mothers, 1900-1925

It’s been said before and it serves to be said again: moms really can do it all.

And in 1897, two concerned moms gathered together alongside two thousand other mothers, fathers, educators, and legislators gathered together in Washington D.C. to prove just that, and for the inaugural meeting of the National Congress of Mothers.

They established a community of individuals deeply invested in their children’s future, or so they thought. During a time of corrupt politicians, greedy businessmen, and a country growing slowly more interested in entering a world war, this body is challenged to pave the way for America’s future leaders, but these parents all had their own agendas in mind, too. Tackling education policy isn’t easy when other congressional members are gossipy and nosy individuals are vying for their own children's success. And, it’s even harder to shape the direction of a budding interest group, fight for greater access to education, reform the criminal justice system, and increase immunization nationwide when your husband wants dinner on the table at 5pm!

But one thing led to another, and now these women have the chance to influence powerful Progressive Era legislation and the direction of the United States of America… all without even being able to vote.

As the saying goes, mothers really do know best.


krishna sunder

Chair

 

marie harwell

Crisis Director

olivia shaw

Crisis Director