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10 Smartest Celebrity Moms


  • Meryl Streep 1 of 10
    Meryl Streep
    After sixteen Academy Award nominations, she may be regarded as one of the best – if not the best – actresses in Hollywood, but Meryl Streep is also Vassar, Dartmouth, and Yale educated, and has always kept her four kids far away from the paparrazzi’s bulbs.
  • Susan Sarandon 2 of 10
    Susan Sarandon
    The ageless Academy Award winner pairs her acting prowess with her role as devoted humanitarian. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador has lent support to various organizations throughout her career, including Heifer International and the NY International Children’s Film Festival.
  • Madonna 3 of 10
    Madonna
    Love her or hate her, there’s no denying Madonna is a businesswoman who knows how to play the game. Her smart investments and choices have made her a brand name, and she recently clinched an unprecedented partnership with recording and touring magnate Live Nation.
  • Michelle Obama 4 of 10
    Michelle Obama
    A Princeton grad with a law degree from Harvard, the First Lady has held many prestigious positions — including First Lady — while maintaining the toughest job of all: Mom!
  • Salma Hayek 5 of 10
    Salma Hayek
    Salma’s a spokesperson for UNICEF, and her work with the group's Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Vaccination Campaign has brought her worldwide — she even famously nursed an African baby on a goodwill trip.
  • Jodie Foster 6 of 10
    Jodie Foster
    A child actors that didn’t fall into the black hole of despair, Jodie Foster has done a fantastic job of keeping her two sons, Charles and Kit, out of the public eye. That she’s been able to manage her thriving career and maintain normalcy shows us that she’s doing something right.
  • Kate Winslet 7 of 10
    Kate Winslet
    While other Hollywood moms are walking around with unrealistic bodies and damn lucky genetics, this unapologetic mom makes no excuses for who she is, and flaunts it with a confidence that most of us wish we had.
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal 8 of 10
    Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Her eclectic resume includes indie films and summer blockbusters, but Maggie Gyllenhaal is also an Ivy League-educated, politically-active mama. The fact that she can model for Miu Miu while carrying on a convo about starting your own micro-enterprise proves that this mom’s strong in body and mind.
  • Reese Witherspoon 9 of 10
    Reese Witherspoon
    In addition to the rules Reese has for her kids (which she credits to her southern upbringing), she also has rules for herself – like never publicly disciplining or humiliating her children in front of other kids. She calls it “being respectful”; we call it being a good mom.
  • Jennifer Garner 10 of 10
    Jennifer Garner
    Jennifer Garner gives her kids just the right amount of exposure while holding down a seemingly normal household. She’s super-involved in her daughters’ lives; in fact Babble readers voted her a great playdate. And let’s not forget her smartest move yet… snagging Ben Affleck.

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