Mothers are known to have a lot of influence. They are generally the main architects of their children’s character and of their family’s lifestyle. But the power of some moms goes far beyond the home. Their reach and influence transcends the homestead. These special moms’ actions affect the whole world. Time Magazine released their 100 Most Influential People list. What moms made the lists?
Sarah Palin — Politician/Writer
Of course Sarah Palin would be on this list. She is a polarizing figure that people either love or hate, but she is one on which everyone has an opinion. When not doing her book tours, promotional political stops, and giving her two cents on everything and more, she is busy being the mom of five kids.
Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House
Career politician Nancy Pelosi is the very first female Speaker of the House. She is a determined fighter for working families and their children and was a pivotal contributor to solving the health care reform puzzle. Like Palin–and probably one of the only things they have in common–she also has five children.
Sandra Bullock — Actress
Interesting timing on this one to say the least! She made the list primarily for being ‘America’s Sweetheart’ and showing such grace under pressure. Betty White wrote of Sandra, “She puts you at ease; there’s no movie star there at all. Well, she happens to be a bit beautiful, I’ll grant, and a bit built, but the human being inside all that gorgeousness is just a delight.”
Annise Parker Mayor of Houston, Texas
Parker is the first openly gay mayor of a large U.S. City (with a population of a million). She and partner Kathey Hubbard have two adopted daughters and one foster son.
Jenny Beth Martin Co-founder and the National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots
Martin is an avid Twitterer and became involved in the Tea Party Patriots because of a Twitter hashtag conversation. As her Twitter page says, she “Has Tips, Tales, and Thoughts of Peach State Mom of Twins, Christian, Conservative Republican; National Coordinator for TeaParty Patriots”. Along with blogging about the Tea Party movement she writes about her young twins, clipping coupons, menu plans and her battle with bankruptcy.
Graça Machel - Freedom Fighter
Graça Machel has done much for children and refugees in Africa. She was once married to Samora Machel, who was Mozambique’s first President, with whom she had children. He tragically died in a plane crash. In 1998 she wed another powerful man, the one and only Nelson Mandela.
Liya Kebede — World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
The stunning ex-runway model has proved that her beauty is far from just skin deep. In 2005 she was appointed as the World Heath Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health as well as founding her own organization called the Liya Kebede Foundation, which has a similar mission. And it’s not just the world’s children she cares for; she has her own two children: 8-year-old Suhul and 4-year-old Raee.
Suzanne Collins — Author
Collins is responsible for the blockbuster young-adult trilogy Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander. Before she became a bestselling author, she wrote for several Nickelodeon shows such as Little Bear, Oswald and Clifford’s Puppy Days. And she doesn’t just write for kids, she has some – a daughter and a son.
Elizabeth Warren Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel
Warren is an attorney and law professor, at Harvard of all places. So she’s got smarts. In spades. She is a vocal advocate for government accountability and transparency and is trying to get the Consumer Financial Protection Agency off the ground, fighting to protect the American consumer. She has two children. Her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi has actually co-authored two book and several articles with her mom. She also has a son named Alexander.
Kathleen Merrigan — United States Secretary of Agriculture
Merrigan is a supporter of safe and healthy food. Not only did she help develop the Organic Foods Production Act but she supports community gardens, farmer’s markets and also supports conventional farmers and “refused to vilify biotech” food production. And she apparently loves a good steak.
Lisa Jackson — Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Jackson is responsible for making and implementing laws to protect the public health and our environment–not just for our children and our childrens’ children, but her own as well. She is the mother of two.