by Carjamin Scott on May 11, 2018 at 5:22 p.m. CST
Mother’s Day was inspired by Ann Reeves Jarvis. She was a Sunday school teacher, impactful leader, and peacemaker. In the 1860’s, she created Mothers’ Day Work Clubs. The clubs were formed to service many needs: improve infant mortality rates, teach mothers how to care for their children, create jobs for women, raise money for medicinal needs, improve sanitary conditions, inspect bottled milk, and fight disease. Her clubs supported the women and families whose husbands were fighting in the Civil War.
As tensions continued to rise between the confederate and union soldiers, Jarvis instructed the clubs to remain impartial. After the war, she organized an event called Mothers’ Friendship Day. The attendees were neighbors, families, and soldiers of all political beliefs. The event was a success and continued for several years. When Ann died, her daughter Anna hosted a ceremony at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in May of 1907. Every year, the ceremony continued and was officially titled the Mother’s Day ceremonies. In 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation which made Mother’s Day a yearly holiday celebrated on the second Sunday in May.