Trivia About the Celebration of Mother's Day

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Mother's Day trivia must begin with the date of Mother's Day which is the second Sunday in May. It's often celebrated with gifts, flowers, and brunches. But here's some Mother's Day trivia you may not know:

  • The holiday is over a century old.
  • 70 percent of the women in the work force are working mothers.
  • There are about 85 million American mothers.

Read on for more interesting and surprising Mother's Day trivia.

The Origin of Mother's Day

Mother's Day began on May 10, 1908, when Anna Jarvis organized celebrations in Philadelphia and Grafton, West Virginia (and why not!!).  She started the tradition of wearing a colored carnation symbolizing that her mother was alive (where if you wore white it meant your mother had passed).

As the support for a national holiday grew, Jarvis lobbied Congress to designate a day in honor of mothers. Six years later In 1914, Congress set aside the second Sunday in May for Mother's Day.

Mothers and Children

There are approximately 85 million U.S. women were mothers in 2014.  43.5 percent of those women are between the ages of 15 to 44 year old according to government statistics. 

The top three US states with the highest fertility rates were Utah, South Dakota, and North Dakota.  

9.9 million single moms were living with minor children in 2014, up from 7.7 million in 1985. Around 415,00 of the women between 15 to 50 who gave birth in 2014 were unmarried.

New Moms and Babies

The U.S. saw 3,988,076 births in 2014 which was a 1 percent increase over the previous year.  The average age to become a mother was 26 in 2014.

Cesarean delivery was at 32.2% in 2014 which makes this the second year in a row on the decline.  

Twins were born 33.9 times per 1,000 births a new high for the USA.

Other multiples were born 113.5 times per 100,000 births in 2014.

The most popular baby names were Noah and Emily in 2014.

Working Mothers and Stay-at-Home Moms

57 percent of 15-to-50-year-old mothers of infants worked outside the home in 2014. There were 5.2 million stay-at-home moms and 2 million stay-at-home dads in 2012.

In 2014 the U.S. has 74,344 daycare centers with employees and 688,728 individuals or family daycares.  In 2011, the amount of time that children three years old and younger spent in child care with a non-relative was 29 hours per week

Looking at maternity leave, 80 percent of first-time moms worked until one month or less of giving birth, compared with 35 percent in the early 1960s.

Of moms who went back to work within a year of giving birth, 83 percent returned to the same employer. But beware the mommy track -- only seven in 10 of these women resumed working at the same skill level, pay and hours per week.

True Mother's Day Trivia

Of all the children younger than 6 in the U.S., 56 percent ate breakfast and 79 percent ate dinner with their mother every day in 20. That compares with 53 percent and 71 percent for meals with dad.

To honor Mother's Day, you could purchase flowers at one of the 14,161 floral shops, perfume at one of the 16,288 beauty stores or a necklace at one of the 23,096 jewelry retailers in the U.S.

You can also pick up a Mother's Day card from one of the 102 greeting card publishers who employed 15,113 people in 2013.

Source: the Census Bureau

For more fun facts about the holidays, see the About Working Moms calendar of holiday facts.