Happy Mother's Day! | Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Motherhood is arguably one of the most important jobs in the world.  Mother’s Day is a day specifically for our adoptive mothers, biological mothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, and anyone else serving as a mother figure.

Celebrations of our moms can be traced all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals to honor the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The origins of the modern Mother’s Day date back to pre-Civil War, when Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to support local mothers in taking care of their children. Later, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, fought to see the holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased towards men, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood.  Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

After some time, Jarvis became disgusted with how commercialized the holiday had become, and spent much of her time and wealth denouncing the holiday.  By the time of her death in 1948 she had disowned the day completely.  Although the day is still heavily commercialized, it remains a prominent holiday specifically celebrating women.

If you are interested in learning more about motherhood, or are looking for ways to honor and celebrate the mothers in your own lives, we’ve got you covered.  Check out these books about motherhood at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library!

Click here for a list of mom-books!

 

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