Here are three things you might not know about Mother's Day.
1. Mother's Day was originally started as an antiwar movement.
Julia Ward Howe, who wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," promoted a Mothers' Peace Day beginning in 1872. For Howe and other antiwar activists, Mother's Day was a way to promote global unity after the horrors of the American Civil War and Europe's Franco-Prussian War.
“Howe called for women to gather once a year in parlors, churches, or social halls, to listen to sermons, present essays, sing hymns or pray if they wished—all in the name of promoting peace," said Katharine Antolini, an historian at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
2. Mother's Day was claimed to have been invented by Anna Jarvis, who established it at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. It started as a memorial to her mother, Ann Jarvis, who was an anti-war activist. She made Mother's Day her life's work and jealously guarded it against commercialization. Ironically, Anna Jarvis never had any children of her own. More ironically, she died in a sanitarium, her bills being paid by floral and greeting card companies.
3. President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, a national holiday to honor mothers. Anna Jarvis, then trademarked the phrase, “Second Sunday in May, Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, Founder". Notice the singular possessive, Mother's Day. Anna Jarvis wanted each family to honor their own mother, not a plural possessive, Mothers', celebrating all mothers of the world.
Contrary to Anna's wishes though, we at Cronin Insurance want to wish all Mothers a Happy Mother's Day this year.