Mother’s Day: Then and Now

Mother’s Day, as it is today, can be rooted to a woman named Anna Jarvis who created the official holiday in 1908. Anna Jarvis, who was the daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis, wanted to honor her mother who had created “Mother’s Day Work Clubs”. These were to help mothers learn how to care for their children. Once Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day was successful she fought to get it on the U.S. calendar arguing that all holidays were mostly to celebrate the male citizens.

In 1914 Woodrow Wilson finally caved and made Mother’s Day a national holiday. Anna Jarvis, who would die childless, envisioned her day for mothers to consist of prayer, families coming together, and the sharing of carnations. However, it quickly became enraptured by florists, candy companies, and card makers. Commercialism took over, as it does so often. Jarvis tried desperately to get the holiday removed but it was too late.

Whether or not gifts, time, or prayer is what you chose to do to honor your mother, there are plenty of reasons out there to celebrate the woman who gave you life. You can also remember some crazy “mother facts” just for fun for today:

The first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) had 69 children. Yes, this seems completely impossible when you do that math. She would have to live to 621 years old for this to be feasible. However, this woman had 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.

August is the most common month to have a baby.

Tuesdays are the most popular day to have a baby. 

Kittens are born both blind and deaf. A mother cat will purr in order for the kitten to find her and be able to feed. 

50 countries around the world now celebrate Mother’s Day.

The state with the most number of children per mother; Utah. State with the least number of children per mother; Rhode Island. 

Most of Mr. Rogers’ sweaters he wore on the show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood were sewn by his mother. 

There are about 2 billion moms in the world.

Not surprisingly the average age of new moms is getting older. In 1970 the average age was 21.5 and now it’s closer to 25. The average rate of women over 30 and over 40 have also risen. “Rates for all births, not just of a first child, to women over 35 have been rising over the past 20 years, while birth rates for younger women are stable or declining. Still, the majority of births are to women under 35, about 85% of the total in 2013.”


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