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About Us

Since 1935, American Mothers, Inc. is committed to valuing mothers through service and education. As the official sponsor of Mother’s Day and the Mother of theYear® award, American Mothers serves as the voice for the 85 million mothers in America.
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Our Mission

American Mothers educates, inspires, and recognizes mothers through programs that teach, support, and honor moms, empowering them to positively impact their families and communities.

Our Vision

Mothers will discover and share their innate abilities to elevate future generations.

Our Values

  • MENTOR by connecting mothers with others who can help them maneuver the complexities of motherhood
  • EDUCATE mothers on topics that develop their innate abilities to build strong families
  • SUPPORT efforts that benefit women and children by providing grants to nonprofit organizations
  • HONOR outstanding mothers through the Mother of the Year® award and other recognitions

Our History

The ideals of American Mothers, Inc. began in the heart and mind of Anna Reeves Jarvis as she sought to heal the damage done to families caught in the conflict of the Civil War. By organizing a day of love and friendship across battle lines, this simple observance grew into the national holiday known as Mother’s Day for which American Mothers is the official sponsor.

The American Mothers Committee & The Golden Rule
The idea of a Mothers Committee began in 1931 when Eleanor Roosevelt announced the formation of a nation-wide program for the better observance of Mother’s Day that would help dependent mothers and needy children. Sponsored by J.C. Penney’s Golden Rule Foundation, the Golden Rule Mother’s Day Committee established a fund to promote a “Golden Rule observance of Mother’s Day.”

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By 1933, committees were formed in most every state and expressed the philosophy that “the truest tribute that can be paid to Mother is to share with others the love that she so generously and often sacrificially lavished upon us.” The funds established were distributed to local hospitals, homes for the aged, orphanages, churches and other welfare agencies to be used where needed most. Click here to read more about our Golden Rule Grant Program.

Mother of the Year®

By 1935, the American Mothers Committee of the Golden Rule Foundation gathered New York City’s notable citizens at the Waldorf Astoria where Sarah Delano Roosevelt, the Committee’s Honorary Chairman, presented Lucy Keen Johnson from Georgia as the first American Mother of the Year. The recognition of an “admirable” mother was made to provide an inspiration to the nation that would represent a mother’s unconditional love, inner strength, and courage.

Every year since, American Mothers has named an inspirational mother from nominees across the 50 states, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for this important honor.

Many outstanding individuals throughout America have also served as officers, leaders, members and supporters of this organization such as Sarah Delano Roosevelt, J.C. Penney, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, Norman Vincent Peale, Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, Phyllis Marriott and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Today, American Mothers remains a valuable network and voice for the 85 million mothers in America and is committed to raising awareness about issues that impact mothers and children. It’s purpose is exclusively charitable.

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Past National Mother’s of the Year