Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.
Turns out two women may have been behind the idea of Father’s Day. Grace Golden Clayton of West Virginia, suggested to her pastor in 1908 that the church should honour fathers, after a mining disaster that the year killed over 300 men and left hundreds widowed.
In a separate effort, Sonora Dodd from Washington was raised by a single father in a time when that was largely uncommon, and in 1910, she started a petition to recognise the holiday. When Sonora was 16, her mother died in childbirth with her sixth child. Sonora was the only daughter and shared with her father William in the raising of her younger brothers.