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Stuff Mom Never Told You Mother's Day Short Film Festival 2015

Cristen Conger

 Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day.
Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day.

On May 10, 1908, Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother's Day observance at her hometown church in Grafton, West Virginia. Compelled by her mother's death three years earlier, Jarvis envisions the spring Sunday to be spent at home, doting children showering thanks upon their mothers in private. But confectioners, florists and greeting card purveyors soon capitalized on the holiday, quickly commercializing Mother's Day and turning it into a public, profit-hungry celebration.

So what did Anna Jarvis, the Mother of Mother's Day, do? She raised hell.

In this Stuff Mom Never Told You Mother's Day Short Film Festival 2015, find out precisely how Jarvis attempted to take down Mother's Day. And while you're at it, learn about the neurology of motherhood, how pregnancy happens regardless of gender and why not becoming a mother is considered controversial.

Behind the Holiday: Mother's Day: The story of how Anna Jarvis invented Mother's Day and quickly came to regret it.

Do moms have different brains?: The science of how pregnancy changes the brain and kinda turns moms into superheros.

Men Can Get Pregnant, Too: When talking about reproductive rights and prenatal healthcare, it's important to remember that transgender men can -- and do! -- get pregnant, too.

Women Who Don't Want Kids: We love our moms -- and also love women having the choice to become mothers or not without stigma.

More Stuff Mom Never Told You about motherhood: Single Moms, Then and Now

More Stuff Mom Never Told You about motherhood: Single Moms, Then and Now


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