Parenting is hard.
Motherhood is hard.
Fame is hard. (Although I don’t know this one personally.)
I get it. I struggle daily with patience, what are the right decisions, picky eaters, managing school/work and home life, marital issues, etc. The list is truly endless.
This struggle is why I decided to write this post. I am constantly in search of role models and mentors. Why not find a role model who gets it? Why not find a role model who is a mother? Why not find someone who’s been there before? Why not find someone who knows how hard it can be to try and juggle motherhood and life; whether you’re a stay at home mom, a student mom, or a working mom? On top of all the ‘normal issues,’ all these women also have to do it in the public eye, which sounds really fucking terrible!
I have made a list of strong, intelligent women whom I find incredible for a variety different reasons but they do have one thing in common, they are all mothers.
- Hillary Clinton No matter what your political views and opinions are if you know anything about Hillary Clinton you will know that she is an exceptional mother. She has always fought for women’s and children’s rights. She fought for her right to be a working mother and kicked ass at it! She made sure our country saw that you can be a good mother and do things for yourself and others at the same time. She raised a smart, capable, kind, tolerant, and giving woman to boot!
- Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is the author and founder of Leanin.org. She is also the COO of Facebook. She raised two children and continued to raise them on her own after her husband unexpectedly passed away. She has continued to move up in her field while she continues to inspire women to achieve their goals. Needless to say, she’s a very impressive woman! I got her book Lean In from my dad and stepmom for Christmas and I can not wait to read it!!!
- Michelle Obama
Again, regardless of your political views, you have to admit the Obamas are a force to be reconned with. They raised two young girls in the public eye while making changes that will forever affect our country and world. Even though Barack Obama is no longer in office she continues to speak out for women and girls around the world, and I miss seeing them all the time.
- Beyonce Knowles
This is a woman that truly rules the world! She just gets it. She is constantly talking about the way she and husband Jay Z raise their daughter (now two daughters and son). She talks about raising them knowing it’s what is on the inside that counts more than what’s on the outside and who can’t get behind that?
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
RBG has come out and said that she is a professional success because she is a mother, not in spite of it, which I find amazing. She started law school when her eldest child, Jane, was just 14 months old. Which I connect with and find truly amazing. She has always fought for women’s rights, even before she was a Supreme Court Justice, but she is also a kind and loving woman. She has said to have a meaningful life you must do something outside yourself and repair tears in your community which has been proven by her and her family time and time again.
- Sandra Day O’Connor
Sandra Day O’Connor truly did shatter her glass ceiling! She was the first woman to attend Stanford Law School, the first woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court and is also a mother of three boys! She did the stay at home job for a few years and volunteered during that time but then went back to work and raised three children so she completely understands the struggles of both sides of motherhood and never looked down on either her work at home or with the law.