“[My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.”
— LUPITA NYONG’O
Mothers with their unconditional support and ardor manage to pull a full time job of taking care of us. Being a mother is as tiring as it is rewarding and on this Mother’s Day we commemorate the existence of these Wonder Women in our lives. WIC brings to you the lives of the Greatest Mothers in History-
J.K Rowling the author of the world wide sensation Harry Potter series wrote the first 4 books while being a single mother to her daughter. She is now the President of GingerBread organization that helps single parents to make the most of the resources available to them. Rowling makes sure that other families do not go through what she has to go through in her struggling years.
Hoelun was the widower mother of conquerer Genghis Khan. She survived being kidnapped by a man from a minor clan and was forced to marry her captor. After his death she suffered the life of an outcast whilst parenting her son to be the king of one of the biggest empires of the world. This fierce woman rose to be Genghis’s advisor.
Irena Sendler was a Polish employee at the Warsaw Social Welfare Department and is remembered to have saved 2500 children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Even when she was caught, tortured and later sentenced to execution, she refused to disclose the identity and location of the children. She escaped with her life and returned home to her 3 children.
Waris Dirie, famed for her role in the James Bond movie was the victim of female genital mutilation in her home country Somalia when she was 5 years old. Then, when was 13, her parents arranged for her to marry a man in his sixties; she ran away from home and eventually arrived in London. She became a famous model and retired from modeling in 1997 and started the Desert Flower organization to combat female genital mutilation in the world. He also contributed her time by becoming the UN special ambassador.
Oscar winner Angelina Jolie is widely known for her humanitarian work and contribution towards refugees and education. Jolie has traveled to more than 30 countries as the UN ambassador and is the mother of 6 children, three of which she adopted from Ethiopia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Theresa Kachindamoto is a Malawian chief and has been working vigorously to end child marriage in her clan. She has been trying to teach Malawis the dangers of child marriage including HIV. She is also working towards ending sexual initiation rites , in which a young girl’s parents pay an older man to “teach” her how to have sex, and she’s trying to raise the legal age of marriage in the Dedza district of Malawi to 21.
Following the cultural revolution in China and the one child policy, may poor parents abandoned their children in Trashcans. Lou Xiaoying, struggling to make ends meet herself selflessly saved thirty such babies and raised them as her own. “These children need love and care. They are all precious human lives,” Xioaying, who had one biological daughter at the time she began rescuing infants, told the press in 2012. “I do not understand how people can leave such a vulnerable baby on the streets.”
In 1826, Sojourner and her daughter escaped slavery only to find out that her son was sold to a man in Alabama. truth raised some money to hire a lawyer and earned her son Peter’s freedom. The case is deemed to be a monumental victory as this was the first time a black woman had successfully sued a white a man.
Mother of Martin Luther King Jr., Alberta King was just as politically woke as her son. She raised three children with a heavy sense of self respect and taught her children that the racial discrimination they faced everyday was “merely a social condition and not natural order”. In her time she was involved with women’s groups, the NAACP, and the YWCA. In 1974, six years after her son was assassinated in Memphis, Alberta King was shot and killed at her organ at her church.
Ann Jarvis was the face of the movement that ultimately inspired the Mother’s Day Celebration. Jarvis conceived 13 babies out of which only 4 survived to see the sun of adulthood. She organized Mother’s Day Work Clubs in what is now West Virginia to help provide medical care, raise money for medicines, and improve sanitary conditions for poor mothers.