Anna Jarvis was the daughter of Anne Marie Jarvis, a social activist who worked towards unifying her community during the American civil war. Anne Marie founded Mother’s Day Work Clubs in an attempt to bring women together to address public health issues and call for mothers around the globe to unite for peace. She had an impact on many, but no one more than her daughter.
In 1908, three years after her mother’s passing, Anna assembled a memorial to honor her mother, and all mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. That year, she sent a proposal to Congress requesting a Mother’s Day be recognized as a national holiday, but it was rejected with mockery as they suggested a Mother’s Day would then require a Mother-in-Law’s day. However, as a result of her tireless effort and dedication, by 1911 all US states recognized the holiday. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday of May as the national day to honor mothers. Now, a modern version of Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around the globe.
When Jarvis advocated for Mother’s Day she was very specific about it’s spelling, of all things. She wanted to be sure it was punctuated as the singular possessive, honoring one’s own mother as opposed to plural possessive, honoring all mothers.
And so, this Second Sunday in May we will, once again, take the time to honor our mothers as individuals. And not just our mothers, but our grandmothers, aunts, close friends and sisters. All of the women who have touched and shaped our lives.
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