Their words, actions, and unconditional love allow mothers to leave a profound influence on their children. These honorable women give us life, nurture us, and support us as we grow from infants to (respectable) adults. Mothers teach us, take care of us, and lead us to the right path (whether we choose to follow their guidance or not!), and often provide a noticeable presence for many others in their lives that only mothers can.
Yes, mothers are, indeed, an awesome addition to our lives, and to celebrate Mother’s Day, here are 9 of The World’s Most Inspiring Mothers!
Marie Curie (1867—1934)
Marie Curie, the first female scientist to win a Nobel Prize, raised her two young daughters alone after her husband died in an accident in 1906. One of her daughters, Irène Joliot-Curie, went on to co-win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with her husband for their work with radioactivity, bearing the hard work and flexibility that Marie Curie has instilled in her.
Sojourner Truth (1797—1883)
Sojourner Truth and her baby daughter escaped slavery in Ulster County, New York, in 1826. Soon after their escape, she found out that her son Peter was illegally sold to an Alabama native, and she did her best to raise money for a lawyer and file a complaint in court. She successfully got Peter out of slavery—a landmark case where a black woman successfully sued a white man in court. She went on to become a Christian preacher, toured the northeast, speaking about the bible, abolition, and women’s suffrage.
Abigail Adams (1744 —1818)
Abigail Adams, the wife of former president John Adams, was the second First Lady of the United States. Her husband’s responsibilities as the president left her to single-handedly run their farm and educate their five children who survived into childhood– including future president John Quincy Adams. Abigail Adams also wrote letters supporting equal rights for women and the abolition of slavery.
Julia Ward Howe (1819—1910)
Writer Julia Ward Hoe, best known for writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” merged her interests in suffrage and pacifism through her “Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World” (which was later known as “Mother’s Day Proclamation”). The appeal urged women to come together to support peace, as she viewed them as responsible for stopping the war. Despite her duties as a mother, Howe made time to write essays and organize rallies for an annual Mother’s Day for Peace, planting what would become the seeds of the Mother’s Day we are celebrating now.
Irena Sendler (1910—2008)
Irena was a Polish employee of the Warsaw Social Welfare Department who smuggled almost 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Using the code name Jolanta, she gave the children false identification documents, establish temporary (non-Jewish) identities for them, and placed them in convents, orphanages, and Christian homes. Although arrested, tortured, and sentenced to execution by the Nazis, Sendler refused to give information about the children of the inner workings of her smuggling operation. Irena went on to receive Poland’s Order of the White Eagle award in 2003.
Indira Gandhi (1917—1984)
India’s first female Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, worked to institute democracy and create jobs to combat food shortages. She also spearheaded India’s green revolution, making the country self-sufficient and non-reliant on imported grains. One of her two sons, Rajiv Gandhi, became Prime Minister of India after his mother passed due to assassination in 1984.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815—1902)
A leader in the women’s suffrage and abolitionist movements, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who worked with Susan B. Anthony, established the National Woman Suffrage Association, which successfully helped women get their rights to vote via the 19th Amendment– all while raising her seven children! In addition to writing articles and giving speeches on universal suffrage, Stanton supported education for girls, and her daughters went to college at Vassar and Columbia.
Princess Diana (1961—1997)
Princess Diana of Wales used her status as a royal to work with various charities that supported children’s hospitals and helped raise awareness and combat landmines, which were a significant problem in the ’90s. Despite her death in 1997, her legacy remains of humanitarianism.
Kathy Headlee started Mothers Without Borders to help and guide orphaned children around the world. She first led a group of volunteers to distribute relief supplies to orphanages and train caregivers in Romania. Since then, Mothers Without Borders has been sending volunteers to help children in Bolivia, Bosnia, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Nepal.
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