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Anna Jarvis, who conceived the idea of a special tribute to mothers, is shown in 1928 at a unknown location. Jarvis began a crusade for a national holiday to honor mothers in 1907 after the second anniversary of her mother’s death. Her campaign resulted in a Congressional resolution in 1914, signed by President Woodrow Wilson, proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May. (AP Photo)

The only thing better than the sweet and sentimental Mother’s Day is its radical feminist history steeped in religious values.

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day is the result of years of women’s activismthat coincided with other women’s movements — like women’s suffrage and labor movements — around the turn of the 20th century.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, West Virginian Ann Reeves Jarvis began organizing ‘Mothers’ Day Work Clubs’ to help improve health and sanitation through women’s education. Around this time, Boston poet and suffragette Julia Ward Howe also published “A Mother’s Day Proclamation“, which began:

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

…From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: “Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.

Also an advocate for peace, Jarvis spent the Civil War years treating wounded soldiers and after the war threw herself into her faith by teaching Sunday School in the final decades of her life.

Jarvis’ daughter, Anna, recalled hearing her mother speak at Sunday school. Anna reportedly recalled her mother’s prayer to be:

“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

Following her mother’s death in 1905, the younger Jarvis began petitioning for a national holiday in celebration of mothers everywhere. She sent letters to President William Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt, enlisted financial help from Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker and organized her own Mother’s Day celebration in a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Author Diana Butler Bass describes the key role religious groups played in supporting Jarvis’ efforts:

In May 1907, Anna Jarvis, a member of a Methodist congregation in Grafton, West Virginia, passed out 500 white carnations in church to commemorate the life of her mother. One year later, the same Methodist church created a special service to honor mothers. Many progressive and liberal Christian organizations — like the YMCA and the World Sunday School Association — picked up the cause and lobbied Congress to make Mother’s Day a national holiday. And, in 1914, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson made it official and signed Mother’s Day into law. Thus began the modern celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States.

The Mother’s Day custom reportedly spread to churches around the country before lawmakers got the hint and passed a resolution to make it a national holiday in 1914.

That makes May 11, 2014 the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day! So send your mothers, grandmothers, aunts and mother-friends some love and take a moment to honor the pioneering women who made this day a reality.

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Sudbury church to ring bells for murdered native women

A Sudbury church will literally be ringing the bells — more than 1,000 times, in fact — to remind people about Canada’s murdered or missing aboriginal woman.

On June 1, the Anglican Church of the Epiphany on Larch Street will start to rings its bells in a process that will take three weeks.

“Each peal of the bells represents the life of one missing or murdered aboriginal woman or girl in Canada,” the church said in a release. “By the end of June 20, Epiphany’s bells will have been rung 1,122 times.

“The bell ringing remembers these women. It also expresses the solidarity of the Anglican Church of Canada with Canada’s indigenous peoples in their pursuit of justice and their demand for an official inquiry on missing and murdered women and girls. The bells will begin to sound the morning after the closing ceremonies of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa.”

From June 1 to June 20, the bells of the Church of the Epiphany will ring on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

While the church and others have called for one, the federal government contends that a national inquiry into violence against aboriginal women is unnecessary.

The Conservative government has said the issue has been studied thoroughly and that it prefers to take direct action on what it calls a criminal issue and not a sociological trend.

The RCMP says 1,017 aboriginal women and girls were murdered in Canada from 1980 to 2012 — a homicide rate 4.5 times greater than the general female population.

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Erin White Photography

In modern consumer society, the attack on mother-child eroticism took its total form; breastfeeding was proscribed and the breasts reserved for the husband’s fetishistic delectation.
At the same time, babies were segregated, put into cold beds alone and not picked up if they cried. ~ Germaine Greer

It is a curious commentary on our society that we tolerate all degrees of explicitness in our literature and mass media as regards sex and violence, but the normal act of breastfeeding is taboo. ~ American Academy of Pediatrics

*Please share if you love this image and support normalizing breast feeding!*

Shout out to Liliana Beatriz Fotografia for her help with this amazing photo!

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