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Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Mother's Day was Mothers' Day

Posted By on Sun, May 10, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Recommended morning listening

This early episode of the outstanding history podcast "The Memory Palace" on Anna Jarvis, who sought to honor her mother, a nineteenth-century feminist and progressive activist also named Anna Jarvis who organized women's groups in Appalachia and taught them about women's health and workers' rights. She pushed the idea of Mothers' Work Day, a collective of mothers who would push for social reforms (and who would organize around the idea that the work of mothers is, well, work).  

The efforts of the younger Jarvis after her mother's death eventually led to the holiday we celebrate today; in the latter half of her life, she bitterly protested its crass commercialization. 

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