I’ve recommended this on the blog in the past and thought I’d do so again today: Check out this early episode of the outstanding history podcast “The Memory Palace,” which tells the story of Anna Jarvis, who sought to honor her mother, a nineteenth-century feminist and progressive activist also named Anna Jarvis who organized women’s groups in Appalachia and taught them about women’s health and workers’ rights.
She pushed the idea of Mothers’ Work Day, a collective of mothers who would push for social reforms. This mamas’ collective would organize around a simple idea that we could use reminding of these days: The work of mothers is, well, work.
The efforts of the younger Jarvis after her mother’s death eventually led to the holiday we celebrate today; in the latter half of her life, she bitterly protested its crass commercialization.
To the International Brotherhood of Mothers, I wish a restful Sunday to all.