Quotation by Olga M. Madar

These hearings take place on the eve of Mother's Day, a ritual observance which celebrates not so much mothers and motherhood as the American genius for wedding sentimentality and profitable commercialism.... But Mother's Day 1970 may usher in a new era, for it comes at a time when a very strong tide is running in behalf of the proposition that American women, while they may like candy and roses, really need basic rights still denied them. Rights not roses is the watchword for an increasing number of American women ...
Olga M. Madar, U.S. labor activist and feminist. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 70, by Gerda Lerner (1977).

Madar, Vice-President of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agriculture Implement Workers of America (UAW), was speaking at the 1970 U. S. Senate hearings on the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution; the UAW supported the amendment.
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