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Anna Jarvis

Who is Anna Jarvis?  She is the founder of Mother’s Day. She was the ninth of eleven children and was born on May 1, 1864 to Ann Marie and Granville Jarvis.  As a little girl, her mother often commented that a day should be established to honor all mothers.

Nine years after her mother passed away, and after an exhaustive national campaign, President Woodrow Wilson approved a resolution in May 1914 naming the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Before the ink was dry on the proclamation, the commercialization began.  Ms. Jarvis tried without success to stop the inevitable sale of another holiday.  Anna Jarvis died childless in 1948 and was buried next to her mother.  Her mother would have been proud.

Below I’ve listed some notable woman who didn’t have children, but made millions of us happy that they were born:

Annie Oakley

Amelia Earhart

Gloria Steinem

Hellen Keller

Ann Sullivan (Keller’s teacher)

Louisa May Alcott

Emily Dickinson

Margaret Mitchell

Edith Wharton

Jane Austin

Virginia Woolf

Dorothy Parker

Simone de Beauvoir

Ayn Rand

Joan of Arc

Florence Nightingale

Frida Kahlo

Georgia O’Keefe

Susan B. Anthony

Harriet Tubman

Ella Fitzgerald

Julia Child

Katherine Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe

Dolly Parton

Julia Child

Coco Chanel

Marlo Thomas

Kim Catrall

Diane Sawyer

Oprah Winfrey

Rosa Parks

Condoleezza Rice
Eve Plum, who played Jan Brady on The Brady Bunch –  Marsha (Maureen McCormick) did have a child.  Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.
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