May 18, 2022

Mother’s Day 2015: Fast Facts & Stats About U.S. Moms

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Here are a few of the facts and stats from a “Mother’s Day: May 10, 2015” roundup provided by the U.S. Census.

The driving force behind Mother’s Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia, Pa., on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration became popular around the country, Jarvis asked members of Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. She succeeded in 1914, when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

43.5 million
Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who have children. These mothers gave birth to 95.8 million children.

Percentage of women age 16 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were in the labor force.

5.2 million
Number of stay-at-home moms in married couple family groups in 2014.

9.9 million
The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2014, up from 3.4 million in 1970.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements, 2014.

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