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:
Ann Sullivan (Keller’s teacher)
Louisa May Alcott
Simone de Beauvoir
Joan of Arc
Susan B. Anthony