Charleston, W.Va. – It’s been called the most difficult and most rewarding job a person could ever imagine. And the women of the Secretary of State’s Office certainly know a thing or two about it.
Combined, the women of the Secretary of State’s Office have 1,289 years of motherhood.
That figure was reached by adding up the ages of all of their children – because as any mother will tell you, each child is different and raising each one is a full time job. The moms even got credit for years helping to raise step-children.
One woman alone had 251 years of motherhood; another had 238. In all, 22 women in the office took part in the Mother’s Day event.
“The staff of the Secretary of State’s Office is as hard-working as you could ever hope for,” Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said. “These women are knowledgeable about election code, business and licensing code, and administrative law. But what’s even more impressive is their knowledge about fevers and runny noses and how to balance their work life with their home life. I am happy to acknowledge these ladies on Mother’s Day, but I would also like to express my appreciation for the work they do all year long.”
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.