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Three Women Activists Becoming The Reason For Mother’s Day Global Recognition

Mother’s Day

As we all know, Mother’s Day is a special day to show our appreciation and affection for the many efforts mothers have made for us throughout our lives. To pay accolades for their hard work, countless sacrifices, and dedication, this day is celebrated in the world. When this day is around the clock, we must not forget about those three women Activists becoming the reason for Mother’s Day recognition. The foundation of this beautiful day was led jointly by the efforts of three women, history remembers as Ann Reeves Jarvis and her heroic daughter, Anna M. Jarvis, and Julia Ward Howe. Today in the MovieStarJacket blog, let’s look at the history of all these three activists separately and get inspired.

Ann Reeves Jarvis

Ann Jarvis: Social activist Ann Jarvis, the complete name being “Ann Reeves Jarvis”, is also known as “Mother Jarvis” and “the founder of Mother’s Day movements”. She was born on September 30, 1832 in Culpeper County, a county located along the borderlands of the northern and central region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, US. She is also recognized as a community organizer during the era of the American Civil War back in 1861. During that era, she also successfully organized women’s brigades and encouraged the women to help without being biased about which side their men had chosen during the war. After the war ended, she proposed the idea of a “Mothers’ Friendship Day” to encourage and thrive peace and tranquility between the Union (former) and Confederate families. She was an energetic and invigorated woman who foresaw the needs and requirements of her community and strived to find ways to suffice them. While being pregnant with her sixth child back in 1858, she had already begun Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in numerous towns. She aimed to improve the overall health system and sanitary conditions, especially for women. Seeing her dedication, other women in the area also joined the movement. Her clubs sought to help the members and offered education to cope with diseases and infant mortality. She was there in Grafton, and after her husband’s death in 1902, she moved to Philadelphia, where she died on May 08, 1905.

Anna Maria Jarvis

Anna Jarvis: Likewise her mother, Anna Jarvis, the complete name being “Anna Maria Jarvis”, was born on May 01, 1864, in Webster, an unincorporated community in Taylor County, West Virginia, US. Unlike her mother, she created the American incarnation of Mother’s Day back in 1908, which ultimately became an official holiday U.S. back in 1914. She always wished to memorialize her mother’s hard work and struggle, and then, she started to campaign for a national holiday on Mother’s Day to honor all mothers. As her beloved mother had frequently wished to establish an official holiday on Mother’s Day, and after her death, her dynamic daughter fulfilled her wish. Another area where she differed from her mother was her ideology. She was less enthusiastic about public service and more avid about simply memorializing the significance of motherhood and the sacrifices the mothers make while sitting at home, where nobody comes to see. She also successfully led the movement founded by her mother in her commemoration. But as the years passed, she grew disappointment in her observing the growing commercialization within the movement. She never wanted to profiteer from it, and as her disenchantment grew further, she even attempted to have Mother’s Day annulled, for which both the mother and daughter had dedicated their lives. On November 24, 1948, sadly, she died in a sanitarium, and even her medical bills were paid by her followers in the floral and greeting cards industries.

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward: Famous American author, poet, and reformer who is known for writing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the Mother’s Day Declaration / Proclamation, Julia Ward, the complete name being “Julia Ward Howe”, was born on May 27, 1819, in New York City, NY. During the era of the Civil War, between 1861 to 1865, she cheerfully volunteered for the U.S. Sanitary Commission to assist women in having hygienic working environments in hospitals. The commission also made sure that sanitary conditions remained up to the mark for the caretakers of the sick and injured soldiers. Back in 1861, as she was also a poet, she was inspired to author the famous Civil War anthem, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,”. Her write-up was finally published in February 1862. After the success of her anthem, she and her husband, Samuel G. Howe, visited Washington, D.C., and they met Abraham Lincoln at the White House in November 1861. During the 1870s, she embarked on “Mother’s Day for Peace” as a dedicated day to celebrate peace and the war’s end. She also explicitly expressed her belief in her “Mother’s Day Proclamation” brought on the same year, where she meant that all mothers must gather together and make collective efforts to end the cruelty of war. For her, it was a terrible waste of precious lives, and the mothers of humankind alone needed to bear it, and they knew its price. She died of pneumonia on October 17, 1910, at the age of 91, in Oak Glen; she was buried in the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S. After her demise, Anna M. Jarvis, Ann Reeves Jarvis’s daughter, carried the movement’s flag further.

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