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What Happened to Our Mother's Movement?
At the May Sachii's Super Saturday party, the focus was on a different kind of Mother's Day celebration.
Back in the 19th century, the origins of Mothers' Day started as a club to teach moms how to care for children. Mother’s Day was part of a movement led by Ann Jarvis to improve awareness of public health and sanitation issues. Following the Civil War, clubs were also formed around the theme "Mother's Friendship Day," in which women gathered to help reconcile former Union and Confederate soldiers.
A third club, a precursor to Mother's Day, came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. Howe was known for writing the "Mother's Day Proclamation, a call to action that asked women to unite in promoting world peace.
However, the official Mother's Day holiday arose in the 1900s after the death of Ann Jarvis. The special day was intended to acknowledge the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
The daughter of Ann Jarvis embarked on a mission to make Mother's Day an officially recognized holiday. She succeeded when, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a congressional resolution, formally making the second Sunday in May a national Mother's Day.
Ironically, Ann Jarvis’s daughter would eventually denounce the holiday’s commercialization. She spent the latter part of her life objecting to the loss of the meaning behind Mother’s Day.
At the May Sachii's Super Saturday party, the focus was on another kind of mother's holiday. We announced, "We're Moving On Up" and moving away from some stifling myths about women's health and aging!
As Women Wellness Achievers of Ziquin Life shared their stories with us, our community demonstrated that age does not have to slow us down at 30, 40, 60 or 80 plus.