GFWC Celebrates Mother’s Day

May 12, 2017

Did you know that the history of Mother’s Day includes a member of GFWC? Long before Mother’s Day became an official holiday, Julia Ward Howe, a social activist, leader of the New England Woman’s Club of Boston, and the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” called for the creation of the holiday. In 1870, during the aftermath of the Civil War, Howe wrote a Mother’s Day proclamation as a call for peace.

Unfortunately, it took an additional 44 years and the unrelenting efforts of another social activist, Anna Jarvis, for the crusade to accomplish its goal. Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914 during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. President Wilson’s declaration called on Americans “to show the flag to honor those mothers whose sons had died in war.”

This year, children across the country will continue the tradition by thanking their mothers in a myriad of ways. On Sunday, mothers will receive phone calls, flowers, and homemade art projects as their children show their appreciation.

If you are still searching for the perfect gift for your mother, take the advice of author and speaker Mary Lou Sanelli who will be a featured presenter at the 2017 GFWC Annual Convention. As a Mother’s Day treat for clubwomen, Mary Lou has written a blog post eloquently expressing her ideas on this day dedicated to the most important women in all our lives. Click here to read Mary Lou’s blog post and get an advanced peek at the outstanding work of our Convention speaker.



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