Brunch, flowers, cards, and political activism? Although not commonly known, Mother’s Day originated from activism and political protests. Mother’s Day can be traced back to 1870 when Julia Ward Howe, poet and activist, wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” calling for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” to end state-supported violence. This action continues to inspire modern groups such as Codepink, which has been leading national events on Mother’s Day since the early 2000s. While it is certainly a day for celebration, Mother’s Day holds much more meaning than it is known for.