8 things you may not know about Mother’s Day

WASHINGTON — It’s been 104 years since Congress officially set aside the second Sunday in May to celebrate mothers. And it’s all thanks to a woman who wasn’t even a mother herself.

Recently, the U.S. Census Bureau released this and other fun facts about the holiday through their Statistics in Schools program.

Here are some interesting things about Mother’s Day you might not have known.

This is an undated picture of Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, who promoted and achieved the proclamation of Mother's Day as a national holiday, in honor of her mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis. (AP Photo)

Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day on May 10, 1908 in West Virginia and Philadelphia. Jarvis asked Congress to grant a special day to honor mothers.

President Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914, but Jarvis would soon after lobby the government to have it removed from the American calendar as she thought it had become too commercialized by florists, card companies and other merchants. According to History.com, Jarvis envisioned Mother’s Day as a personal celebration between mothers and families. This is an undated picture of Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, who promoted and achieved the proclamation of Mother’s Day as a national holiday, in honor of her mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Graduation hat with degree paper on a stack of book against blurred background
Of all the woman who gave birth last year, 87 percent completed high school or higher, and 33 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher. (Thinkstock) (Getty Images/iStockphoto/leolintang)
Topping the list of popular baby names for the third year in a row are Emma and Noah, according to The Social Security Administration (iStock).
For teenage girls and women age 15 and older, 31 percent had no children, 27 percent had three or more children, 26 percent had two children and 16 percent had one child. (iStock) (iStock)
Mother and daughter (5-7) embracing, woman holding card
When do women become mothers for the first time? -Under 20 years old: 22 percent
-Age 20-24: 37 percent
-Age 25-29: 24 percent
-Age 30-34: 12 percent
-Age 35-39: 4 percent
-Age 40 and older: 1 percent (Thinkstock) (Thinkstock)
Send Your Love Florist designer Rachel Barger designs Teleflora's Romantic Heartstrings Bouquet in Greensboro , N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.  Teleflora's 'Love Rocks' sweepstakes launched on January 21 and runs until 10 p.m. (PST) February 10.  During the span of the sweeps, each time a customer places an order for a romantic Heartstrings Bouquet from teleflora.com, they will be automatically entered to win one of nine heart-shaped diamond necklaces valued at $15,000. Teleflora will select three lucky winners of a show-stopping diamond necklace every week leading up to Valentine's Day.  Get your orders in by Sunday night for the weekly Monday drawings starting January 28 with additional drawings on February 4 and February 11.  Orders placed early increase the odds of winning the lottery. (Jim R. Bounds/AP Images for Teleflora)
There are 13,419 florists nationwide as of 2015. (Jim R. Bounds/AP Images for Teleflora) (Jim R. Bounds)
Anti-Valentine Day cards rest on the shelf as Lori Schwartz picks out Valentines Day cards for her children, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Beachwood, Ohio. Sensing a growing trend, and more potential customers, Cleveland-based American Greetings Corp. has launched a new line of "anti-Valentine's" cards, expressions for lovers who'd rather be big goofs than big flirts, as well as singles not struck by Cupid's arrow this time of year. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Greeting card publishers employ 14,162 people as of 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 photo, shoppers  visit a Sephora boutique inside a J.C. Penney store in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In 2015, there were 16,345 cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores nationwide. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2008 file photo, a Zale's store is shown in New York. Jewelry retailer Zale said Wednesday, May 26, 2010, its fiscal third-quarter net loss narrowed on improved margins and lower costs.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
In 2015, there were 22,160 jewelry stores nationwide. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mark Lennihan)
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This is an undated picture of Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, who promoted and achieved the proclamation of Mother's Day as a national holiday, in honor of her mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis. (AP Photo)
Graduation hat with degree paper on a stack of book against blurred background
Topping the list of popular baby names for the third year in a row are Emma and Noah, according to The Social Security Administration (iStock).
Mother and daughter (5-7) embracing, woman holding card
Send Your Love Florist designer Rachel Barger designs Teleflora's Romantic Heartstrings Bouquet in Greensboro , N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.  Teleflora's 'Love Rocks' sweepstakes launched on January 21 and runs until 10 p.m. (PST) February 10.  During the span of the sweeps, each time a customer places an order for a romantic Heartstrings Bouquet from teleflora.com, they will be automatically entered to win one of nine heart-shaped diamond necklaces valued at $15,000. Teleflora will select three lucky winners of a show-stopping diamond necklace every week leading up to Valentine's Day.  Get your orders in by Sunday night for the weekly Monday drawings starting January 28 with additional drawings on February 4 and February 11.  Orders placed early increase the odds of winning the lottery. (Jim R. Bounds/AP Images for Teleflora)
Anti-Valentine Day cards rest on the shelf as Lori Schwartz picks out Valentines Day cards for her children, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Beachwood, Ohio. Sensing a growing trend, and more potential customers, Cleveland-based American Greetings Corp. has launched a new line of "anti-Valentine's" cards, expressions for lovers who'd rather be big goofs than big flirts, as well as singles not struck by Cupid's arrow this time of year. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 photo, shoppers  visit a Sephora boutique inside a J.C. Penney store in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2008 file photo, a Zale's store is shown in New York. Jewelry retailer Zale said Wednesday, May 26, 2010, its fiscal third-quarter net loss narrowed on improved margins and lower costs.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)


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