Marianne says Mother's Day in America dates back to the late 1800s when grieving mothers from both the North and the South came together after their sons died in the Civil War. "Together they chose to proclaim that there would be a day in which all of the mothers—not only of the United States but from all around the world—would come together in conviction, passion and commitment to create a world in which there was no more war," Marianne says.
Marianne recognizes the true spirit of Mother's Day with three women who are not only mothers, but movers and shakers in the goal toward making the world a more peaceful place. Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Barack Obama, Debbie Stabenow, a U.S. Senator from Michigan who opposes the war in Iraq, and Bev Titus, the mother of a flight attendant who died in the September 11 attacks, all weigh in on being mothers and activists for peace