Famous Mothers Throughout History

As the celebration of Mother’s Day commences, we are reminded of the mothers who have pioneered before us; the moms who have not only made their mark on their own children, but countless others throughout the world.

They have paved the way for mothers today, creating bonds that cannot easily be broken. We remember these infamous moms, and honor them as history makers in the world of motherhood.

Mother Theresa - As one of the most infamous mothers throughout history, Mother Theresa never actually gave birth to her own children. However, her humanitarian work and care of the poor, sick and homeless, have made her one of the most influential mothers and humanitarians to ever grace the earth. Read more about Mother Theresa and her amazing life, by CLICKING HERE.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Most notably the most important figure in the women's suffrage movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a large role in giving women the many civil liberties they have today. She perhaps did more for women's rights than any other activist at this time. Read more about the life and activism of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by CLICKING HERE.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - One of the most well-known public figures and fashion icons of all time, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, or "Jackie O" was the wife of the late president John F. Kennedy. Throughout her life, she experienced many trials and tribulations, but as a mother, she endured for her children. For her determination and will power, Jackie O will be remembered as an icon for all mothers; one of the most beloved and popular figures of the 20th century. Read more about the perseverant life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by CLICKING HERE.

Julia Ward Howe - Poet and Activist Julia Ward Howe planted the first seeds to making Mother’s Day a national holiday in the United States. She was the first to propose a “Mother's Day”, after introducing her “Mother's Day Proclamation” in 1870. Based on her experiences as a wife and mother throughout her tyrannical marriage and the violence she witnessed while living through the Civil War, the proclamation declared that women should have more social responsibility beyond the domestic duties of the household. Read more about the life and works of Julia Ward Howe by CLICKING HERE.

Other Notable Mothers

  • Madam Marie Curie: Modern Science Researcher and Mother - Read more about her life and work in science by CLICKING HERE.

  • Rosa Parks: The "Mother of Montgomery" who launched the civil rights movement - Read more about her life and her work in the civil rights movement by CLICKING HERE.

  • Anna Mary Robertson Moses, A.K.A. Grandma Moses: One of America’s best known primitive painters and mother - Read more about her life, honors, and children by CLICKING HERE.

  • Angelina Jolie: Good Will Ambassador, Actress, and Mother - Read more about her life, films, humanitarian work, and children, by CLICKING HERE.

    For a look at more famous mothers, visit the LegacyProject.org.

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