With a new ad, the Marshall Plan for Moms founder calls on businesses to invest in policies that take the strain off overwhelmed parents.









  • strain – something that makes you feel nervous and worried
  • amenable – open and responsive to suggestion
  • equitable – having or exhibiting equity (justice)
  • make a pitch – try to persuade people to do or buy sth
  • gaslighting – psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem


Now decide if the sentences below are True or False?


1. According to Reshma Saujani, businesses ought to make their workplaces more flexible for working mothers.

2. The New ad Reshma Saujani and Marshall Plan for Moms resembles a pharmaceutical commercial to make people more aware of the problem.

3. According to the add, child care – one has enough money for – isn’t one of the cures.

4. In Reshma Saujani’s opinion, a mother is often portrayed as someone who tries to get sympathy from others because she has too much work.

5. Kendra Scott, the jewelry company, has decided to give all female employees paid time off on the Monday after Mother’s Day.



Key: 1T; 2T; 3F; 4T; 5F


Practice Makes Perfect

Use the words in bold to fill in the gaps in the article below:


safety                        malnutrition                            breastfeeding                          hugging

vital                           at risk                        vaccinated                                 harm                         fierce


A Mother’s Day Thank-You To Hero Moms Everywhere

There are all kinds of hero moms, but they all share a deep love for their children and a 1. ……….. desire to see them grow up happy, healthy and safe from 2. …….. . This Mother’s Day, as you honor the hero moms in your life, remember the mothers who are caring for children amid humanitarian crises and emergencies around the world, with help from UNICEF.


As the war in Ukraine intensified, Olena with her son, Andrei, 6, and daughter, Anastasia, 11 — knew she had to get her children to 3. …….. . They took only what they could carry and crossed the border into Romania on April 8, 2022. “No need to feel sorry for some house,” Olena said. “There is nothing more important than children.”

Working with UNHCR and local authorities and partners, UNICEF set up a network of Blue Dot refugee support centers along key travel routes where mothers and children fleeing the war in Ukraine can find respite, a safe place to play, health and travel information, and other  4. ……. services.


Senior Pharmacist Jennifer Boateng was still 5. …………….. when she started working at the COVID-19 intensive care unit at Ghana’s Greater Accra Regional Hospital in the early days of the pandemic. “I live with my husband, three children and my mother, who is 80 years old. I was truly terrified of contracting the virus and putting my family 6. ……….. ,” she said.

Boateng knew her patients needed her to ensure they received the correct dosage of their medication at the right time, so, to protect her children’s health, she made the painful decision to tell her children to stop  7. ………..her when she came home from work. She was elated when the first COVAX consignment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Ghana, because she knew that more vaccinations meant fewer infections, hospitalizations and deaths — and more hugs from her children.


Five-day-old Fatuma Abdulai was born in the Burdhubo site for displaced people in Ethiopia. Her mother, Durran Jaho, is weak and suffers from constant headaches and dizziness. She is breastfeeding her baby, but the tiny girl isn’t eating well yet.

Severe drought conditions across the Horn of Africa have increased the number of children facing impacts including acute 8. ………… and thirst from 7.25 million to at least 10 million. More than 1.7 million children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia require urgent treatment for severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF is working across the region to provide lifesaving aid to children like Fatuma.


Marianni brought her 7-month-old daughter, Arianny, to be 9. …………. at the UNICEF-supported hospital ship that delivers health care and immunizations to children in Delta Amacuro state, Venezuela.

To ensure that mothers and children from the Warao indigenous population have access to medical care, UNICEF supported the rehabilitation of the hospital ship and two river ambulances. Before the floating hospital existed, mothers in the most remote indigenous communities who were determined to protect their children from vaccine-preventable diseases had to travel five to seven days by boat with their children to reach the nearest health center.


Key: 1. fierce; 2. harm; 3. safety; 4. vital; 5. breastfeeding; 6. at risk; 7. hugging; 8. malnutrition; 9. vaccinated

In order to read the whole article, go to: https://www.forbes.com/sites/unicefusa/2022/05/07/a-mothers-day-thank-you-to-hero-moms-everywhere/?sh=4e9423e6b78c





  • What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘mother’?
  • What are the differences between a mother and a mother-in-law?
  • Do do you take after your mother? In what ways?
  • Would you agree that mothers should stay at home and look after the kids?
  • What is the hardest thing about being a mother?


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