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Happy One Hundredth Mother's Day!

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    The one 'Hallmark Holiday' that even the biggest cynic tends to follow is fast approaching and this year marks a special anniversary for Mother's Day when it turns one hundred years old.

    Mother's Day began as a small grassroots movement by a daughter who wanted to honor her recently deceased mother and culminated when President Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor and recognize mothers. While we can thank Ann Jarvis for starting the tradition of honoring her mother, the real reason behind the creation of Mother's Day was more political than anything else.

    It is possible to argue that President Wilson was blatantly pandering to a demographic he lost handily to in the 1912 Presidential election. He may have begun to recognize the electoral value of having women on his side and calculated that having a national holiday in their honor would benefit him politically going into the 1916 election when he was up for reelection.

    Whatever the true reasoning behind the creation of Mother's Day, it has undoubtedly morphed into a national holiday celebrated by millions of mother's around the country. How is everyone planning to celebrate the day this year?
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    It would have been better if Wilson was more active in pushing the suffrage amendment in his first term in office. The 19th Amendment wasn't approved until 1920, and although Wilson is credited for helping it's passage, he was kind of late to the game.

    President Woodrow Wilson picketed by women suffragists
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: The one 'Hallmark Holiday' that even the biggest cynic tends to follow is fast approaching and this year marks a special anniversary for Mother's Day when it turns one hundred years old.
    Can confirm. I'm one of the world's biggest cynics and will be making the hour trip to go visit my mother and grandmother.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: The one 'Hallmark Holiday' that even the biggest cynic tends to follow is fast approaching and this year marks a special anniversary for Mother's Day when it turns one hundred years old.

    Mother's Day began as a small grassroots movement by a daughter who wanted to honor her recently deceased mother and culminated when President Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor and recognize mothers. While we can thank Ann Jarvis for starting the tradition of honoring her mother, the real reason behind the creation of Mother's Day was more political than anything else.

    It is possible to argue that President Wilson was blatantly pandering to a demographic he lost handily to in the 1912 Presidential election. He may have begun to recognize the electoral value of having women on his side and calculated that having a national holiday in their honor would benefit him politically going into the 1916 election when he was up for reelection.

    Whatever the true reasoning behind the creation of Mother's Day, it has undoubtedly morphed into a national holiday celebrated by millions of mother's around the country. How is everyone planning to celebrate the day this year?
    And. the woman who was instrumental in first proposing Mother's Day, even copyrighted the term, Anna M. Jarvis, actually fought to have it repealed after Wilson finally signed it into law because of Hallmark and the commercialization that follow it! God bless America!
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Its remarkable how effective marketing and advertising can be. All of us know Mother's Day has been co-opted, turned into a commercial holiday. All of us pretty much hate that its been co-opted; it started out so simple and innocent. But none of us will boycott the holiday by not participating because how rude it would be to not get your mother something on Mother's Day. Its the perfect degree of guilt. Not that I have a problem with celebrating mothers... now here I go. They get you so good, like a Chinese finger trap or something. ... Happy Mother's Day.