Mother's Day at 100: Exploring changing views of motherhood

May 11, 2014 5:58 PM

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Mother's Day at 100: Exploring changing views of motherhood

When the first Mother's Day was observed as a national holiday 100 years ago, the focus was on mothers who were no longer alive. Remembrances took place in church and the flower of choice was the white carnation. Brunches and gifts for mom weren't on the horizon.

On this centennial of the holiday, we look at how Mother's Day was mentioned in the pages of the St. Paul Pioneer Press throughout the decades. The glimpse back shows how our notions of women in general -- and mothers in particular -- evolved from the early 20th century idea of mothers as repositori...

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