Saturday, May 8, 2010

She founded, and fought, Mother's Day

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis' life was consumed by the holiday she started

She started Mother’s Day then spent the rest of her life fighting the holiday’s commercial and political exploitation of it.

Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day?

Photograph of Anna M. Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, taken in Westchester, Pennsylvania, in 1907.

When her mother died on May 23, 1905, Miss Jarvis worked untiringly to have the second Sunday in May set aside each year as a day of honor to the mothers of the nation.
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