First of all, don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day. I’ve made that mistake before, and it’s not pretty.
Now, here are some facts from the Census Bureau worth adding to Mother’s Day cards:
Anna Jarvis was the driving force behind Mother’s Day. It became a popular annual celebration near the turn of the last century. Jarvis got Congress in 1914 to set aside a day honoring mothers. It is the second Sunday in May.
The census reports that in 2014, the U.S. had 43.5 million mothers age 15 to 50. There were 3.9 million women age 15 to 50 who gave birth in the last 12 months; 36 percent of them were not married.
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The U.S. in 2013 had 62.5 births per 1,000 women age 15 to 44, which was down 1 percent from 2012. The census notes that 22.3 percent of women age 15 to 50 had two children, 42.4 percent had no children, 17 percent had one kid, 11.7 percent had three children and 6.8 percent had four children.
Of the women who gave birth in the last 12 months, 61.7 percent age 16 to 50 were in the workforce; 30.3 percent of the women had bachelor’s degrees; and 85.2 percent had high school diplomas. In 2014, there were 5.2 million stay-at-home moms.
In 2013, the most popular name for boys was Noah and for girls it was Sophia.
Some mothers will be celebrated on Sunday with gifts of flowers. The nation in 2013 had 14,161 florists, employing 62,222 people. Greeting cards are another favorite. In 2013, 15,113 people worked for greeting card companies.
Perfume and jewelry also are popular Mother’s Day gifts. In 2013, there were 16,288 beauty supply, cosmetics and perfume stores in the U.S. That year there were 23,096 jewelry stores in the country.
Happy Mother’s Day!