A toast to Mom!
Mothers have a rich history and should be celebrated. Whether known by millions or just the immediate family, Moms deserve credit and respect for accomplishments big and small.
Mothers should be appreciated every day for all they do, though that’s often overlooked. And, so, the second Sunday in May seems as good a time as any in which to officially salute great Moms in history, including our own.
Some very cool facts about Mother’s Day – per The History Channel:
- Don’t forget to call Mom, especially on May 8! More phone calls are made on this holiday than any other day of the year. Mother’s Day calls often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.
- It took the inspiration of one Anna Jarvis – coupled with the financial backing of Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker- to create the first officially recognized Mother’s Day celebration back in 1908. Jarvis came up with the idea as a way to honor her late Mom, Anna Jarvis.
- The first Mother’s Day event was held in Grafton, West Virginia at a Methodist Church. On the same day, thousands of people in Philadelphia came out for the first Mother’s Day event at one of the Wanamaker Department Stores.
- In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
A few famous Moms who changed the course of history:
- Vesta Stoudt: With two sons in the Navy during World War II, Stoudt worked in an ammunition plant. She had an idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes of ammo so that it would be easy to open but also keep the box dry and, thus, keep soldiers safe. Stoudt sent a letter directly to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, asking that the military consider her invention. Surprisingly, Stoudt heard back within a few weeks, with the Navy saying it was going to “fast track” her idea. This was the beginning of what we now know as Duct Tape.
- Harriet Tubman: A former slave, Tubman became a leading abolitionist during the American Civil War. She helped free more than 60 slaves via the famed Underground Railroad, and later served as a spy for the American Army. Just last month, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that Tubman’s image will be placed on the center of the new $20 bill.
- Benazir Bhutto: A pioneer in the fight for women’s rights worldwide, Bhutto was the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. Bhutto was instrumental in ending military dictatorship in her home country and fought for women’s rights and serves on a daily basis. She was assassinated via a suicide attack in 2007.
- Angelina Jolie: In addition to being among the highest paid actors in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie is a passionate mother on many levels. She and husband Brad Pitt not only have three biological children, they also have adopted three others from Cambodia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. Per History.com, Jolie “has been a special envoy and goodwill ambassador for the United Nations and has received both Global Humanitarian and Citizen of the World awards. She also holds the record for the largest donation the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has ever received from a private individual, one million dollars.” Pretty impressive.
Or, just wish someone you love a very Happy Mother’s Day!