Celebrating Mom’s as a Call to Action

This Mother’s Day CODEPINK is going to Congress to demand an end to the genocide in Gaza and a free Palestine.

“If you google the history of Mother’s Day, the internet will tell you that Mother’s Day began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis decided to honor her mother. But “Mothers’ Day”—with the apostrophe not in the singular spot, but in the plural—actually started in the 1870s, when the sheer enormity of the death caused by the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War convinced writer and reformer Julia Ward Howe that women must take control of politics from the men who had permitted such carnage. Mothers’ Day was not designed to encourage people to be nice to their mothers. It was part of women’s effort to gain power to change society,” wrote Heather Cox Richardson in her piece titled, Letters from an American

The Conception of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday in the United States that celebrates mothers and motherhood. It is observed on the second Sunday of May each year.

The idea of a Mother’s Day originated in the United States in the early 20th century. In 1908, Anna Jarvis, a Philadelphia woman, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. She was inspired by her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who had been a peace activist during the Civil War.

Mother’s Day – Founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia. First officially observed in 1908, it honored motherhood and family life at a time of rising feminist activism. An early supporter was John Wanamaker, whose store stood opposite. Mother’s Day was given federal recognition in 1914. (Historical marker located at S. Juniper and Market Sts. Philadelphia PA – Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 1998)

Jarvis’s campaign gained support from a number of women’s groups and civic organizations. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution of Congress designating the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day quickly became a popular holiday in the United States. It is a time for families to honor their mothers and show their appreciation for all that they do. Traditional Mother’s Day activities include giving gifts, cards, and flowers, as well as spending time together as a family.

Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Grafton, West Virginia

Mother’s Day is also a time to reflect on the role of mothers in society. Mothers are the primary caregivers for children in most families, and they play a vital role in shaping their children’s lives. Mothers also often work outside the home, and they face many challenges in balancing their work and family responsibilities.

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of mothers and to recognize the importance of their role in society.

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