More background on Mother’s Day from a reader

Background on Mother’s Day
Have always loved Julia Ward Howe’s “Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World”, which later became known as “The Mother’s Day Proclamation”. However, it was not written for the ‘Mother’s Day’ holiday.

From Wikipedia:  “Written in 1870, Howe’s “Appeal to womanhood” was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The appeal was tied to Howe’s feminist conviction that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.” She did unsuccessfully lobby for a ‘mother’s day of peace’. Howe’s manifesto was written years before Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908.

Anna Jarvis–who founded Mother’s Day to honor her own mother–lobbied Congress successfully for the holiday, but by 1920 she dedicated the rest of her life to abolishing it.

“Anna Jarvis spearheaded the first Mother’s Day events in 1908 to honor her own mother, a Sunday School teacher and caregiver for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. From that point on, she campaigned zealously for the holiday to become official and in 1914, Congress recognized it as such. Quickly, the floral and greeting-card industries became enraptured with the commercial possibilities of the holiday. By 1920, disgusted by the onslaught of remunerative avenues, Jarvis began urging people to stop buying flowers and cards for their mothers. In a press release, she wrote florists and greeting card manufacturers were “charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations.” She went door-to-door collecting petitions to rescind Mother’s Day and spent the rest of her life trying to abolish the holiday she founded.”

Of course, this doesn’t change the power and salience of Howe’s manifesto! Just thought you might like to know and perhaps share this more detailed history of the holiday.