Letter: Make WIC work better for moms

The anthropologist Margaret Mead allegedly said that the first sign of civilization of humans was an ancient femur, a bone in the leg, which had been fractured and healed because in order to survive a broken femur the wounded would have needed others to correctly bind the injury and protect the fallen while he or she rested for at least six weeks.

While the attribution of this has been contested, and the word “civilization” is vague and mired by its racist use in defense of colonialism, I think Mead’s analysis makes an insightful point. A society’s success is not just about advancement in processes and technologies for bettering and prolonging human life, but in the care it extends to those most vulnerable.

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