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Mother’s Day: May 12, 2019

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Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day observances in Grafton, West Virginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis became the driving force behind Mother’s Day and asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Presidential Proclamation 1914

Presidential Proclamation 2017

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Key Stats:

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates. 

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More Stats:

How Many Mothers?

Source: Current Population Survey, June 2016, and 2015 American Community Survey.p>

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Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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Source: Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2014 Panel, Wave 1.

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How Many Children?

Source: Current Population Survey, June 2016.

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Characteristics of Women with a Recent Birth

Subjects include age, race, nativity, educational attainment, poverty status, labor force status, and public assistance by the United States, all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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Mothers Celebrated

Source: Monthly Retail Trade Survey (1992-2019).

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Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

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Stay-at-Home Moms

Source: Current Population Survey, 2017 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

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Taking Care of the Kids

Source: Quarterly Services Survey (2009-2019).

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Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

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Source: 2016 Nonemployer Statistics.

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Single Moms

Source: Current Population Survey, 2017 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

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Source: 2017 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates.

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