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.
Throughout much of the 20th century, an admission of homosexuality could result in a felony conviction and a lengthy prison sentence. Even as recently as 1970, Connecticut denied a driver's license to a gay man on the basis of his sexual orientation. In recent years, however, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement has won new rights and protections under state and federal laws.Perhaps the most significant milestone for the LGBT community came in June 2015, when the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right for all Americans. Despite those gains, however, LGBT people are still fighting for legal protection against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.LGBT Americans continue to be subject to violence because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In 2014, LGBT people were the most likely target of hate crimes of all minority groups, and the worst mass shooting in American history apparently targeted gay men at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Fla.How much do you know about the history of gay rights in America? Take our quiz to find out!