Mother’s Day: 100 Years Old

The Mother’s Day holiday celebrates it’s 100th anniversary this year. The holiday was originally created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a way to honor her mother. Her wish was to have some sort of permanent memorial to mothers be created, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day to be a new holiday in the United States.


Anna Jarvis, who interestingly enough was neither married nor a mother, celebrated her first Mother’s Day in 1908 on the third anniversary of her mother’s death. Since the official declaration in 1914, Mother’s Day has been celebrated on the second Sunday in May and is currently celebrated in 52 countries. Anna Jarvis died in 1948, but before her death she said she believed that Mother’s Day had become too commercial. It is estimated that $15 billion dollars will be spent honoring mothers this year and it’s worth every penny. Happy Mother’s Day!

United States Census Bureau Facts About Moms
•  55 percent of mothers are between the ages of 15 and 44.

•  81 percent of women between the ages of 40 and 44 are mothers. In 1976, 90 percent of women
    in that age group were mothers.

•  94.1 births per 1,000 is the number of births in Utah in 2006, the
nation’s highest. Vermont was the
    lowest with 52.2. West Virginia’s birth rate was

•  10.4 million single mothers live with children younger than 18, up from 3.4 million in 1970.

•  83 percent of mothers who went back to work within a year of their child’s birth returned to the
   same employer.

•  5.6 million is the number of stay-at-home moms in 2006.

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