I find history very fascinating and the history of women who shaped history in their own way, even more so. And I think history has a way of giving a nuanced context to seemingly isolated (contemporary) issues.
This post was inspired by a fascinating and insightful conversation, a long while ago, on the Facebook wall of Marianne Williamson (www.facebook.com/williamsonmarianne), based on a post she made on her wall titled: “The original Mother’s Day idea was for women to gather from all over the world to take a stand against war.”
[Other sources for the post below are http://www.plough.com and wikipedia].
The History of Mother’s Day Celebration in America
In summary, social activist, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis founded the American celebration of its version of Mother’s Day in 1858. It initially started as a call for health sanitation.
A few years later in 1870, Poet and Activist, Julia Ward Howe, who was herself inspired by Ann Jarvis, wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation as a call to Peace.
After the death of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, her daughter Anna Marie Jarvis embarked on a mission to make Mother’s Day an officially recognized holiday in the United States.