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John Oliver Takes On America’s Terrible Maternity Leave Policies

The best gift for mom this season is federal laws mandating paid maternity leave.

The US has some of the worst maternity leave policies in the world—federal laws only require that companies give new mothers 12 unpaid weeks off. It’s an urgently important issue that doesn’t get much speech-play these days. But John Oliver made it the focus of his Mother’s Day episode of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, highlighting the hypocritical contradiction in a culture that celebrates mothers with a billion-dollar greeting card industry but won’t lend them the financial support they need to be present mothers.

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The 5 Best Homes Designed by Architects for Their Moms

Designing a house for mom is the ultimate Mother's Day gift. That's what these architects did.


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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re (un)lucky enough to have a child working as an architect, you may be in for a big surprise come Sunday. Along with designing an iconic chair, building a house for one’s mother is a longstanding architectural tradition. So in honor of this holiday, we’ve rounded up five of the most important houses designed by famous architects for their parents, ranging from Le Corbusier to Richard Meier. Think of it as a long-overdue thank you for the years of emotional and financial support in the arduous process of becoming an architect!

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Even today, female artists are marginalized, with curators feeling it necessary to stage exhibitions like Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, to give women working in the arts their time in the sun. For women, it's an uphill battle to be recognized in a field that already requires a tremendous amount of discipline, and determination. But imagine committing to your craft, trying to reveal your creative vision to the world with the same gusto while nine months pregnant, nursing, and raising children? That's exactly what some of the most prominent artists working today have done, earning them a spot on this roundup: The most inspiring mothers in contemporary art history.

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Yoko Ono
We know her as an activist, widow and collaborator of John Lennon, and musician, but Yoko Ono was first and foremost a pioneer of conceptual art. While doing all this, she raised Sean Lennon as an equally inspiring creative. The two work on projects and causes together, like their most recent rally cry against fracking which led to their movement, Artists Against Fracking, and the entertaining video above.

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Sponsored: This Mother's Day, Honor Moms Worldwide

This Mother's Day, honor your own mother, and then honor another using Water.org's mother's day eCards.


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For women, the water crisis is personal, its impact immense. Every day around the world, women collectively spend 200 million work hours gathering clean water for their families. These are hours they cannot spend earning an income. Their children struggle with illness. This Mother’s Day alone, 4,000 mothers will lose a child to a preventable water-borne illness. You can help improve the quality of life for women and their families across the globe by helping women like Ranjana gain access to clean, safe water.

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For Mother's Day, Honor Your Mom by Helping Another Mother in Need

Take the money you might spend on flowers or a fancy meal and put it toward services for refugee mothers who may not see their children any time soon.

Mothers' Day is Sunday. If your mom is hard to shop for—and cares about other mothers in the world—here's an idea.

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