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The Origin of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, a day to celebrate hard working mothers all over the world. Spending quality time with her to show her just how much you care about her because she deserves it more than anyone. But did you know Mother’s Day started because of a club? Well, that’s at least the United States Origin.

The origins of Mother’s Day started with Anna Reeves Jarvis in the 19th century, she helped start the “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” teaching the local women how to prepare to have children. It was made a National Holiday in 1908 when Jarvis organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a church in Virginia with the help of a Philadelphia department store owner who has Jarvis’ financial backing. The first ever Mother’s Day event was held in a church in West Virginia where thousands attended. With the success of the first Mother’s Day celebration, Jarvis wanted to take it a step further and make it into a holiday. She argued that the holidays were biased and only leaned towards male achievements. She made a letter writing campaign urging a holiday for motherhood. By 1912 many states, towns and churches seen Mother’s Day as an annual holiday and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed to officially make the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day.

Even though she didn’t bare children, Anna Reeves Jarvis worked hard to honor motherhood. She still recognized the importance of mothers and all their hard work. So, buy your mom dinner, put up those dishes, even small things show your mother just how much you care.

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