Anna Jarvis, who officially initiated the celebration, did so to honor her mother, who had been involved in the pacifist activism of the prior century. It was never intended to be a commercial holiday: Jarvis actually staged boycotts to protest the usurpation of the day for material ends. Anyone who objects to the politicization needs to be aware that the day was, in its roots, political. And if we are to honor our “foremothers” who worked so hard to create better living conditions for our families, and to stand up against the engines of war that sent their men to die, we need to take into our

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