She dried our tears, sometimes caused them, and drove us crazy while simultaneously loving us more than anyone else on earth. On Mother's Day, we celebrate moms everywhere.
You might call Anna Jarvis the mother of Mother's Day. In 1907, she organized an observance at her Grafton, WV church in memory of her late mother. The observance, held on the second Sunday in May - the anniversary of her mother's death - would spawn the first official Mother's Day celebration a year later in Grafton and in Philadelphia.
Over the next few years, Jarvis campaigned tirelessly for a national day to honor all moms.
In 1914, Congress selected the second Sunday in May - the anniversary of Jarvis' mother's passing - as Mother's Day.
Here's a look at Mother's Day, by the numbers.
7,012,167,338 - Number of people on planet Earth, all here because of a mother's love. Approximately 313 million of those live in the United States.
85.4 million - Number of moms in the U.S. in 2009, the latest year with available statistics.
4 million - Number of women between 15-50 who became moms in the last year.
66.4 - Percent of people who will buy mom flowers this year.
133 million - Number of Mother's Day cards exchanged annually, making it the third largest holiday for sending cards behind Valentine's (144 million) and Christmas (1.6 billion). That averages out to 1.5 cards per mom.
58 - Number of hours salary.com estimates working moms spend a week outside the office, doing their most important job - parenting.
5 million - Number of stay at home moms in 2011
44 - Percent of working moms who, in a survey by The Ladders, said the ability to choose "flexible working hours" is the most important part of her work environment.
55 - percent of moms in The Ladders survey who said they struggle with work/family balance. So, let go of the mom guilt and take comfort in the knowledge that you're definitely not alone.
$60,182 - What mom would be paid if she actually earned a check for all she does. We say she deserves a (substantial) raise.
Priceless - What mom is really worth for the love and care she gives. So, however you celebrate, make sure your mom knows she's the best this Mother's Day.
Sources: The U.S. Census Bureau, The National Retail Federation, Hallmark, Salary.com, Insure.com, The Ladders
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