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Brief history of Mothers Day and The Three Activists

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History of Mothers Day

We all know the term “Mothers Day” and know that it falls on the 2nd Sunday in May. It began as a women’s movement to improve American women’s lives. Its glaring history dates back to three activists who made lifelong efforts to improve health, general welfare, and peace for women. Those three women are Ann Reeves Jarvis, Julia Ward Howe, and Ann’s daughter, Anna M. Jarvis.

Ann Reeves Jarvis: She is also known as “Mother Jarvis”, who was a young Appalachian homemaker who taught Sunday school lessons. She was a lifelong activist who organized “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” in WV, intending to curb unhygienic living conditions for women.

Julia Ward Howe: She was a well-known poet and a renowned reformer. During the era of the Civil War, she successfully volunteered for the U.S. Sanitary Commission. She did that to help the commission to offer hygienic environments for the hospitals.

Anna M. Jarvis: She was the daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, and she tried to memorize her mother’s struggle and started campaigning for a national day to honor all the mothers of the world. Unlike her mother, her efforts were lesser for public service and more about recognizing the role of motherhood.

These three activists founded the foundation of the day we all know today as “Mother’s Day”. Later on, the whole world recognized their utmost efforts, and we pay homage to them on this day.

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