Mother’s Day: May 12, 2013
The driving force behind Mother’s Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Here are some statistics about mothers and Mother’s Day, as provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
• 4.1 million - Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months.
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