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FAMOUS MOTHERS

by Nancy Nickerson

Throughout history, in all walks of life, women have made important contributions that shape all of our lives. Whether it's inventing lifesaving technology, crusading for freedom or giving a child some extra encouragement, a woman's role in our world is very powerful.

Many of these women were also mothers. Some had famous offspring and some are famous for their own significant contributions to the world. Some had no children of their own, but became mother figures for an entire group or era. Each was a guiding force in the world.


Elizabeth
Oseola
Pleasant
Sojourner
Helen
Maya
Jackie
Teresa
Laura
Mary

Harriet

Eleanor

Susan

Mary Lyon Harriet Tubman Eleanor Roosevelt Susan B. Anthony
Rosa Parks Amelia Earhart Wilma Rudolph Marie Curie

Rosa

Amelia

Wilma

Marie


Diana
Sally
Ilse
Laurel
L.M.
Madeleine
Roberta
Mothers
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More Heroes

 
Anna Jarvis
The Founder of Mother's Day
 
   Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis decided to dedicate her life to her mother's lifework and to establish Mother's Day to "honor mothers, living and dead...."
 
 
Alice Waters created the world famous Edible Schoolyard Project. Ann Armstrong-Dailey founded Children's Hospice International. Ruth Simmons is breaking down barriers in the world of higher education. Clara Shortridge Foltz was the first woman to practice law in California. Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
Dr.Caldicott has been a lifelong anti-nuclear activist. Florence Ngobeni urges African leaders to work for AIDS prevention. J.K.Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter books. Sacajawea guided Lewis and Clark across the northwestern territories. Suzanne Mubarak educates the children of Egypt and the world.


More Mothers

Rosa Parks is the Mother of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott that launched the Civil Rights Movement.

The Princess Mother of Thailand cared for the health and welfare of her country.

Lucille Ball was a famous mom, on and off T.V.

Mother Teresa worked on behalf of Calcutta's poor for decades.

"Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth," said Erma Bombeck, who influenced generations of women with her humor.

Perhaps the most widely recognized mother is Mother Earth.

Rose Kennedy said, "I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring it."

Hillary Clinton is a New York State Democratic Senator and Chelsea's mom.

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Last edited 3/11/2007 12:00:00 AM

Related Links

Quotes by Women
The National Women's History Project - traces the origins of National Women's History Month.
The National Women's Hall of Fame - includes a "name game" -- how many do you know?

Extra Info

Visitors to MY HERO have identified mothers of all kinds as heroes... some are mentors. .. many are single moms....sometimes they are people who seem"just like a mother"...and often children said their mothers were their heroes, just because...."

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