According to the Library of Congress and other sources, Anna Jarvis is credited with the campaign that led to a nationally-celebrated Mother's Day. Jarvis's mother was known for organizing women's groups to promote health and friendship. Read More
In the wake of her mother's death in 1905, Jarvis wanted to set aside a day to honor the sacrifices of mothers for their children. In May 1908, she organized the first official Mother's Day celebration.