"North America celebrates Mother's Day on the second Sunday in
May (May 10 in 2009). In the United States, Mother's Day
was inspired by the British day and was imported by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War. However, it
was intended as a call to unite women against war. In 1870, she wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament.
Howe failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mother's Day for Peace.
Her idea was influenced by Ann Jarvis,
a young Appalachian homemaker who, starting in 1858, had attempted to
improve sanitation through what she called Mother's Work Days. She organised women throughout the Civil War to work for
better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors." READ MORE