Happy Mother's Day! Sunday marks 100 years of thanking moms


They are our biggest supporters, our caregivers, our first friends and our first teachers.

Happy Mother's Day! Sunday marks 100 years of celebrating mothers on the second Sunday in May. Back in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day a national holiday, and presidents have continued the tradition ever since.

In President Barack Obama's proclamation of Mother's Day this year, he said: "Whether biological, adoptive, or foster, they play a singular role in our lives. Because they so often put everything above themselves, on Mother's Day, we put our moms first."

Obama also touched on women's political issues, saying his administration is "proud to fight alongside women as they push to close the gender pay gap, shatter glass ceilings, and implement workplace policies that do not force any parent to choose between their jobs and their kids."

Minnesota will take a step in that direction on Sunday as Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Women's Economic Security Act into law. The wide-ranging and groundbreaking measure aims at closing the gender pay gap and providing safer workplaces for women.

The message wasn't just political on Sunday. From breakfast in bed, to homemade cards, to charity runs and walks, Minnesotans planned to spend the day thanking their moms.

In a sea of pink, nearly 50,000 breast cancer survivors, supporters and volunteers showed up for the 22nd annual Race for the Cure at Mall of America Sunday morning.

The event helps raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a group that fights against breast cancer.

Several local media outlets celebrated mothers on Sunday. Forum News Service marked the occasion by asking people to send in "mom selfies" saying "moms are selfless, and we admire them for their strength and love."

FOX 9 created a slideshow of mothers, while the Star Tribune looked at how children celebrate their mothers with art projects and handmade cards.

The Pioneer Press took a look back at how Mother's Day was celebrated over the last 100 years, saying that women and mothers "evolved from the early 20th century idea of mothers as repositories of virtue to the popularity of 'Mother of the Year' awards in the 1950s to the feminist mom of the 1970s."

On the BringMeTheNews Facebook page, we asked people to share what they love most about their mothers and include a picture. Take a look at what people had to say, here.

The USA Today looks at how much moms would make if it was a paying gig:

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