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This is how Mother's Day was born

This is how Mother's Day was born

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This is how Mother's Day was born

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The idea of Mother's Day

Suffragist and writer Julia Ward Howe first suggested the idea of Mother's Day in the United States in 1872. 

Howe was a pacifist and saw the holiday as a chance to unite women and rally for peace. For several years, she held an annual Mother's Day meeting in Boston.

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The creation of a holiday

  • West Virginia activist Anna Jarvis is credited with creating the Mother's day holiday that is celebrated today.
  • In 1908, she campaigned for a national observance of the holiday in honor of her mother, who was a community health advocate.
  • However, Jarvis later became disillusioned by how floral and greeting card companies commercialized the holiday and said she regretted starting it.
  • It became an official US holiday in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a day of "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."

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