Father's Day creator was Renaissance woman, descendant says


This day remembers and recognises the importance of fathers in the lives of children.

On Mother's Day in 1909, 28-year-old Sonora Smart Dodd sat in a Spokane church, turning a question over in her mind as the preacher spoke in glowing terms of the virtues of motherhood.

"I began thinking of my mother, who passed away in 1898 while I was yet a child". Sonora Smart married John Bruce Dodd.

"We're going to have a good Father's Day, we all get together and have a great time, it's a great time of the year". Although, it wasn't until 1972 that the day for honoring dads became a nationwide holiday.

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Today, Father's Day is a worldwide celebration that honours fathers and celebrates all the aspects of fatherhood.

As Dodd's idea gained momentum across the country, two National Father's Day committees were formed, one in Virginia in 1921 and one in New York City in 1936.

By 1913, the idea had spread across the United States, prompting then President Woodrow Wilson approving it and joining Dodd to celebrate it in 1916.

In 1957, US Senator Margaret Chase Smith from ME introduced a bill to create a federally proclaimed day writing: "Either we honour both our parents, mother and father, or let us desist from honouring either one".