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 Millennium Moms: More Than 1,300 Years of Motherhood In The Secretary Of State’s Office


    Charleston, W.Va. – If you call the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office one of the ladies in the Business and Licensing will be able to help you with your annual report. If you call one of the ladies in the Elections Division they can help you with a campaign finance report. 

    Chances are they could also help you figure out if your baby has a fever or what to do if your child won’t eat their vegetables. 

    The ladies of the Secretary of State’s Office have a combined 1,303 years of motherhood among them. If you do the math, that’s like becoming a mom in the year 708. 

    That’s more than 1,000 years before George Washington was born. 

    The figure was reached by adding up the ages of all of the children of the women of the Secretary of State’s Office. 

    As any mom will tell you – raising each child is different. So each year with each child was counted separately. 

    One woman in the office had more than 200 years of motherhood. Another woman in the office had 2 years. In all 25 women in the office took part in the Mother’s Day event. 

    The number of years of motherhood is even more impressive considering the Secretary of State’s Office is by far the smallest constitutional office, with just over 50 employees. 

    “Being a mom is the most rewarding, difficult, wonderful job in the world,” Secretary Tennant, who has nine years of motherhood, said. “The women of the Secretary of State’s Office, including the ones who aren’t moms, are some of the most dedicated workers we have here in the Capitol. They deserve to be recognized every day of the year, but it is a lot of fun to honor them in this way for Mother’s Day.” 

    Mother’s Day began in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. Anna Jarvis wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of establishing a celebration for all mothers. She continued promoting her idea until President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official national holiday in 1914.


Jake Glance
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