According to the Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary:
"The setting aside of a day each year to honor mothers was the suggestion of Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, whose own mother had died on May 9, 1906. She held a memorial service and asked those attending to wear white carnations—a gesture that soon became a tradition. By 1914
President Woodrow Wilson had proclaimed a national day in honor of mothers, and some people still wear carnations on the second Sunday in May—pink or red for mothers who are living and white for those who have died."
Motherhood throughout history
Explore issues relating to moms and motherhood throughout history and discover history's most famous and influential moms using the library's history and biography databases:
U.S. History in Context - U.S. and world history reference sources, primary documents, journals and periodicals. Search by subject, timeline, or a person's name.
World History in Context - Primary sources, reference books and journals covering world history from antiquity to the present. Search by subject, timeline, or person.
Biography in Context- Details on over 350,000 notable individuals, from early history to the present day, in full-text coverage.
What's going on with moms today?
Two great resources for information on current social issues (like motherhood!) are Films on Demand and Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Using your Green River student or staff ID number, you can access these resources from anywhere!
Films on Demand - Allows you to access thousands of streaming documentaries.Search or browse for films on many topics, such as Anthropology, Biology, Business & Economics, Careers, and many more:
Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Online resource covering today's hottest social issues This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes..Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more.