The founder of Mother's Day ended up hating it

Mother's Day has been an official holiday in the U.S. for more than a century. But it turns out the woman who founded the day ultimately ended up denouncing it.

Her name was Anna Jarvis. Her mother had been a social activist who started Mother's Day Work Clubs in the 1850s in an effort to improve poor health conditions and therefore lower infant mortality rates.

And after the Civil War, Mother's Friendship Day events were organized to try to reunite former Union and Confederate soldiers.

When her mother died in 1905, Jarvis began organizing Mother's Day events at a West Virginia church. She established the day to be about children honoring the sacrifices their own mothers made for them.

This is why "Mother's Day" is written as singular and not as plural.

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MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies.
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Jennifer Sue Crawford-Moluf and daughter Cindy Crawford attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Molly Sims and daughter attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Stella Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens and Gina Guangco attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Holly Robinson Peete and Vivica Fox attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Vanessa Hudgens, Amanda Cerny and Jackie Cruz attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Robinson Peete and mother Holly Robinson Peete attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Amanda Cerny attends Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Harry Hamlin, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Lisa Rinna and Amelia Gray Hamlin attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Gina Guangco and Vanessa Hudgens attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Molly Sims and daughter take a selfie with Cindy Crawford at Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Jane Seymour and Cindy Crawford attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Allison Porter and family attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Delilah Belle Hamlin, Lisa Rinna and Amelia Gray Hamlin attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Joan Anderson and Milla Jovovich attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Anthony Shriver and Nancy O'Dell attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Milla Jovovich and daughter attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Nancy O'Dell and Anthony Shriver attend Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Nancy O'Dell attends Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber host Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch in Malibu, CA sponsored by David Yurman on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for David Yurman)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 13: Kaia Gerber and Vanessa Hudgens attend Mother's Day Weekend Brunch Hosted By Best Buddies Global Ambassador Cindy Crawford And Daughter Kaia Gerber on May 13, 2017 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914.

The day quickly became commercialized, and Jarvis detested it. She organized boycotts, filed lawsuits and even called out first lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using the holiday as a way to raise money for charity.

But Jarvis was never successful in returning Mother's Day to what she initially envisioned. She died in 1948.

Today, Mother's Day and consumerism go hand-in-hand. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend a record $23.6 billion on gifts for mom this year.

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