Mothers’ Pensions: A Case Study in Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers

By Emma Staffaroni The following is edited and excerpted from a paper entitled “Single Mothers, Social Mothers, and Welfare Reform: Maternalism in the Early 20th Century.” Mothers’ Pensions: A Case Study in Perceptions of and Attitudes toward Poor Mothers in the Early Twentieth Century “The justice of today is born of yesterday’s pity.”  –Julia Lathrop In order to fully comprehend the role maternalism–or political motherhood–played … Continue reading Mothers’ Pensions: A Case Study in Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers