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Celebration of mothers

Today, we want to celebrate the women that have influenced who we are today and paved the way for us to be anything we aspire to be.

Behind every power person is a strong mother. Research shows that our mother’s hard work and dedication pave the way for our skills in studies, work-life and relationships. In other words, positive parent-child interactions play an important role in children’s career development and future success. 

We have gathered five mother-quotes from powerful women and men who changed history and society in many different ways. Read on for stories about five mothers providing their children with love, support and understanding.

Michelle Obama about her mother, Marian Robinson

Michelle Obama has been named the world most powerful women by Forbes magazine. Her hard work, campaigns and engagements have helped young people to a better life. The campaign Lets Move aims to get young people to exercise more and eat better. Let Girls Learn is an incitative “aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.”

Michelle talks about her mother in People Magazine, 2019:

“When it came to raising her kids, my mom knew that her voice was less important than allowing me to use my own. That meant she listened a lot more than she lectured. Growing up, she was willing to endure endless questioning from me — Why did we have to eat eggs for breakfast? Why do people need jobs? Why are the houses bigger in other neighbourhoods? She didn’t chide me if I scrapped with some of the neighbour kids or challenged my ornery grandfather when I thought he was being a little too ornery. She listened intently to the lunchtime conversations I had with my schoolmates over bologna sandwiches, and nodded patiently along to tales of my contentious piano lessons with my great aunt Robbie.

In today’s world, it’s easy to hear all that and think that Marian Robinson was bordering on negligent, that she was letting the kids rule the roost. But the reality was far from that. She and my father, Fraser, were wholly invested in their children, pouring a deep and durable foundation of goodness and honesty, of right and wrong, into my brother and me. After that, they simply let us be ourselves.”

Kamala Harris about her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris

Kamala Harris is the first ever female Vice President elect of the United States. As Vice President, Kamala Harris becomes the highest-ranking female elected official in U.S history and at the same time, the first African American and Asian American Vice President. Shattering the highest of glass ceilings. 

Without her mother, we might not have seen Kamala Harris running for presidency. She says the following on Instagram, 2019:

“My sister Maya and I were raised by a strong mother. My mother taught us the importance of a good education. ⁣She taught us the good old-fashioned value of hard work. ⁣She taught us don’t let anyone tell you who you are. You tell them who you are. ⁣She taught us not only to dream but to do. ⁣She taught us to believe in our power to right what is wrong. ⁣And she was the kind of parent who if you came home complaining about something, she’d say, ‘Well what are you gonna do about it?’ So I decided to run for President of the United States.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg about her mother, Celia Bader

We have previously paid our tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her hard work fighting for human rights. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was through her life a leading voice for gender equality, civil rights and liberties. People all over the world admire her for courage and integrity, intellect and legal brilliance.

She has thanked her mother for paving the way via the ACLU:

“My mother told me two things constantly. One was to be a lady, and the other was to be independent. The study of law was unusual for women of my generation. For most girls growing up in the ’40s, the most important degree was not your B.A., but your M.R.S.”

Martin Luther King Jr about his mother, Alberta Williams King

Martin Luther King became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. His words “I have a dream” echoes in eternity and he for always remembered for fighting against injustice and for black lives. Martin Luther King Jr’s mother Alberta was highly engaged in women and civil rights. She taught her children about segregation being “ a social condition rather than a natural order”.

Martin Luther King Jr wrote in his autobiography:

“She made it clear that she opposed this system and that I must never allow it to make me feel inferior. … At this time Mother had no idea that the little boy in her arms would years later be involved in a struggle against the system she was speaking of.”

Thomas Edison about his mother, Nancy Edison

Thomas Edison, the man behind the light bulb, had a hard time in school with dyslexia. Rather than giving up on education, his mother Nancy Edison decided to homeschool his son.

Edison said of her: 

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

Empowering mothers

We would love to hear about the women who have influenced you the most. If you want to share it with us, use the #empoweringmothers and tag us at @najell_official at Instagram.

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