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Gender-Neutral Mother's Day Cards Offered by British Supermarket

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Gender-neutral Mother's Day cards are being offered by the British supermarket Waitrose as a way to make the celebration of moms more "transgender inclusive," according to the Sunday Times of London.

The word "mother" does not appear on the cards, instead saying "Happy You Day," while outlet Scribbler is using ones for same-sex couples with the phrase, "Two mums are better than one" and "Dad, thanks for being an amazing mum," the Times said.

Waitrose said it is still selling its traditional cards, but it was aiming at "broadening out who the cards can go to, whether it's grandmas or transgender mums."

Some greeting card companies have expanded their Mother's Day line after some transgender activists have called for renaming the celebration to Guardian's Day, The Times reported.

The Daily Mail wrote that transgender advocate Karen Pollock said Mothering Sunday, would be more inclusive for anyone considered as being "mothering."

Emma Teitel wrote in the Toronto Star last year that Mother's Day and Father's Day had become "extremely difficult for people who have lost parents or children, a reality that many who have experienced stillbirth pregnancies, for instance, have begun to write about openly in recent years. The gendered holidays are also generally a drag for non-binary parents who don't identify with a single gender."

History.com wrote that the celebration of motherhood can be traced back to ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but added that a more modern precedent for Mother's Day is the early Christian festival known as "Mothering Sunday."

In the United States, the origins of Mother's Day date back to the 19th century when Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start "Mother's Day Work Club," to teach women the proper way to care for children, per History.com. Abolitionist Julia Ward Howe wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation" in 1870, calling for mothers to unite for world peace, celebrated every June 2, the website said.

Jarvis's daughter Anna Jarvis conceived the idea of Mother's Day as a way to honor mothers for the sacrifices they make for their children, which spread across numerous states by 1912 and President Woodrow Wilson officially established the holiday for the second Sunday in May, History.com said.

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