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Occupy a Mom's Life

First the Tea Party had its signs ("We can see November from our house," "Don't tax me bro," "Party like it's 1773").

Then the Occupy Wall Street protestors answered with their own ("Hungry? Eat a banker," "Due to recent budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been cut off" and my personal favorite: "My arms are tired").

Even babies today are sporting cardboard slogans. One sign stuck on an infant dangling from a BabyBjorn the other day in New York said simply, "I came to earth in June. WTF?!"

Seems like everybody is angry and ready to join a populist movement these days. But nobody has the right to be pissed off more than women, particularly moms.

Think about it: We're paid less than men even if we have the same skills, experience and education; we're more likely to suffer from depression and obesity; we're far less likely to land a job in senior management; we spend more time as unpaid caregivers, taking care of our children and our parents; we're more likely to live in poverty; we're segregated into low-paying "pink-collar" jobs and as single parents, we're more likely to take on the economic costs of raising children.

Angry yet?

It's time moms organized their own protest. To get started, I've penned a few slogans. What would your sign say?

"Shut up or I'll give you something to cry about."

"Don't f*ck with me. I gave birth."

"I brought my baby to this street rally to build up his immune system."

"Don't give me anymore shit. I've changed enough diapers."

"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them."

"I deal with poverty, disorder and violence daily. I am a mom."

"I'd carry a sign, but I have a baby in my arms."

"My baby is crying because this plane is about to go down."

"Equality for all! Because I said so."



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