National Women's History Project
Yesterday we thanked our mothers for all the love, support, and encouragement they've shown us, as both children and adults. And whether our gift to them was simply a card, a nice meal out, or a handmade clay vase (that leaks), the sentiment was sincere. Mothers do more for their children than can ever be repaid, and they do so willingly. One day a year dedicated just to them is nowhere close to enough, but like that leaky vase, it's the thought that counts.
But how did Mother's Day come about? At what point was it decided that mothers deserve a special day, named and dedicated just for them? Was it in 1858, when Anna Jarvis began organizing "Mother's Work Days" to improve water sanitation? Was it in 1872, when suffragist Julia Ward Howe created a day to honor mothers and peace shortly after the Franco-Prussian War? Or was it in 1905, when Anna Jarvis died, and her daughter decided to memorialize her mother and her activism?
The answer is all of the above. Anna Jarvis's daughter (also named Anna) was successful in her campaign when, in 1914, Congress passed a Mother's Day resolution. But all of these women and their actions contributed to the holiday we now celebrate as Mother's Day.
For more information on the history of Mother's Day, please be sure to visit the National Women's History Project page on Mother's Day. Also be sure to check out their other highlighted topics and resources.
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