ORIGIN OF FATHER’S DAY, celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Father’s Dayis celebrating its 100th anniversary this year on June 19, and it all began when a young woman wanted to honor her dad.
Unlike Mother’s Day, which has pretty somber origins, Father’s Day has relatively light roots—and was actually created by a woman. According to History.com, back in 1909, a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, “tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents.” She went around to local businesses to gather support for her idea, and on June 19, 1910, the state of Washington celebrated the first-ever Father’s Day.
In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., sat in church listening to a Mother’s Daysermon. She decided she wanted to designate a dayfor her dad , William Jackson Smart