Lesson / Koan : Mothers think of others. – M(others)
Written in 1870 the “Mother’s Day Proclamation”, was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe’s feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears! – Julia Ward Howe
In the years after the Mother’s Day Proclamation, Ann Jarvis founded five Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to improve sanitary and health conditions. In 1907, two years after Ann Jarvis’ death, her daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the US. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commericalization by the 1920s.
Mother’s Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.