The Activist Origins of Mothers Day
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“Women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror.” -Julia Ward Howe, 1870
Mothers Day did not begin as a dedicated time to shower mothers with flowers and gifts. Activist Julia Ward Howe started Mothers Day in 1870 as a festival to promote awareness of the need to bring an end to war: “a time for the women and children to come together; to meet in the country, invite the public, and recite, speak, sing and pray for ‘those things that make for peace.'”
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