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Happy Mother’s Day, May 15, 2023!
In 1872, Unitarian Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819-October 17, 1910) began advocating the creation of a “Mother’s Day for Peace” to be held on June 2 each year. The following year, eighteen cities held such a gathering. Bostonians continued to observe the day for more than a decade, while some cities continued the observance until the turn of the century.
Howe was also an advocate for abolitionism and a social activist, particularly for women’s suffrage. She wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and was famous in her lifetime as poet, essayist, lecturer, reformer and biographer.