- #11 Top 50
Brooke Shields’ two little girls, Rowan, 6, and Grier, 3, have big shoes to fill, having such a Hollywood darling for a mother. Even though the actress/model/author has been working since she was in diapers, Brooke may be best known for her role as “Mom,” especially one who suffered through post-partum depression. Before mommy bloggers like Heather Armstrong provided honest insight into the darkness of PPD, Brooke broke her silence on the lonely, terrifying disease, giving a face to suffering women everywhere. And when a certain Scientologist bashed Brooke’s battle – advising she substitute psychiatric drugs with vitamins – she called him out big time, even writing an op-ed in the New York Times. Brooke is a continual source of courage and empowerment for women – not to mention the two little ladies in her life.