In the United States we honor mothers on Mother’s Day, this Sunday.  On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issues a presidential proclamation that officially establishes the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers.

Woodrow Wilson posing with his wife and daughters, 1912

Woodrow Wilson posing with his wife and daughters, 1912

The idea for a “Mother’s Day” is credited by some to Julia Ward Howe (1872) and by others to Anna Jarvis (1907), who both suggested a holiday dedicated to a day of peace.

Julia Ward Howe Biography. Women's Rights Activist, Songwriter, Poet, Civil Rights Activist (1819–1910)

Julia Ward Howe Biography. Women’s Rights Activist, Songwriter, Poet, Civil Rights Activist (1819–1910)

 

ANNA JARVIS

ANNA JARVIS

Many individual states celebrated Mother’s Day by 1911, but it was not until Wilson lobbied Congress in 1914 that Mother’s Day was officially set on the second Sunday of every May. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”e mothers honored throughout the world?

Just about every country in the world has a day dedicated to mothers.  You can find out what date and information about the varied customs here.

The famous and their mothers:

Pietà, by Michelangelo

Pietà, by Michelangelo

 

First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia

First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughters Sasha (L) and Malia

Kate Hudson and her also famous mother, Goldie Hawn

Kate Hudson and her also famous mother, Goldie Hawn

 

Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys

Elvis Presley and his mother Gladys

 

Princess Diana with her children Prince Harry and Prince William

Princess Diana with her children Prince Harry and Prince William

Judy Garland and her also famous daughter, Liza Minnelli

Judy Garland and her also famous daughter, Liza Minnelli

 

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea

 

President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jackie and their children Caroline and John

President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jackie and their children Caroline and John

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3 responses

  1. jazzytower says:

    This is lovely. A great way to honor mother’s day.

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  2. Birgit says:

    How wonderful to showcase Mothers and give the history how it came to be

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