Times were very different 100 years ago. In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, the first US bus line began and, on May 7, 1914, Mother's Day was officially recognized as a national holiday in the United States!
Here are some interesting facts:
- In 1914, pacifiers, wooden carriages and baby bottles were around, but mothers didn't have the conveniences of disposable diapers or wipes.
- One hundred years ago, over 95% of all US births took place at home. Today, home births account for less than 1% of all births.
- In 1914, when women used the excuse that they had to stay home to wash their hair, it was probably since most women only washed their hair once a month! They used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
- Today, over 90% of all women have mobile phones. Back in 1914, only about 10% of homes had a phone.
- In 1914, the most popular cosmetics for women were small pots of rouge for coloring their cheeks.
- Today, mothers are expected to live 30 years longer than the average life expectancy of 1910, which was 51.8 years.
- One hundred years ago, the average age for mothers giving birth to their first child was 22. It's now 30.
Being a mother isn't easy, and it's difficult to even imagine life 100 years ago without all of the modern conveniences that we have today. The biggest change for mothers over the past 100 years was new technologies, and their entry into the workforce, giving them a new sense of independence. Our own mothers, grandmothers and all the women before them were incredibly resilient women. We're only here today because of them.
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