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American moms: What makes a mom in the US? Take our quiz

First lady Michelle Obama arrives at an event in honor of military mothers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2013. ((AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin))

Mother's Day began on May 10, 1908, as the project of Anna Jarvis. Observed only in Grafton, W. Va., and Philadelphia at first, Ms. Jarvis asked Congress to set aside a day to honor mothers. It took four years, but finally in 1914, little over a month before Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Mother's Day proclamation on May 14. 

What made a mom then is certainly different than what makes a mom now. In the pursuit of understanding who our mothers are in America today — their age, their marital status, how many babies they have — take our quiz and expand your understanding of the American Mom. 

- Andrew AverillCorrespondent

1. The number of US women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past year is equal to the population of what city?

Hong Kong's population is 7.1 million. The US Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey recorded 4.1 million US women gave birth last year.

New York's population is 8.3 million. The US Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey recorded 4.1 million US women gave birth last year.

Johannesburg's population is 3.8 million. The US Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey recorded 4.1 million US women gave birth last year.

Yes. Alexandria's population is 4.1 million. The US Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey recorded 4.1 million US women gave birth last year.

(AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen)
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Hong Kong

 

New York

 

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Alexandria, Egypt

 
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