Last week we asked our community on
Facebook and Twitter, " What woman in your life inspires you the most?" There were many responses, but the overarching message was clear: Your mothers are more than just an authority in your life; they are your best friends and mentors too.
You told us about the many sacrifices your mothers made and hardships they endured to guarantee you have a better life. From battling cancer to managing family finances, you believe your mothers have balanced it all -- and done so with spirit, determination and grace. Here's what our community had to say.
Tell us about your mom, or the most important woman in your life, in the comments below. Or, share with us on Facebook and @HuffPostWomen on Twitter. [
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My grandmother! She raised 5 kids basically on her own while my grandfather traveled and worked long hours. She lost her parents, her only sibling then moved half a country away, she lost her husband early and she had to bury one of her sons. Despite all that, she swims a mile every morning, she volunteers weekly and she comes to all important events for her 12 grandchildren. Did I mention she'll be 80 next year? She continues to look at the bright side and is eager to learn more and she inspires me to do the same. I hope one day I can be half the woman she is.Colie Lum
My mom always inspires me most even though she has been gone for 30 years! Not only did she raise her 7 children but also help to raise 4 of my cousins! She was remarkable. Her home could probably not pass the white glove test very often; but all of the basics were done every week, one day was all laundry (wringer washer); and she baked 9 or more loaves of bread every week plus making everything from scratch. She made life fun, always smiling, always asking "what can I do to help?" Simply remarkable.Helen Rose Huber
My Mom (Deb Shaw) inspires me the most. She is an incredible woman that has been the rock of our family my entire life. She's not just my Mom, she's my best friend, and I don't know what I'd do with out her. She always managed to balance raising us kids with the house and a job while still making time for those important moments.Erin Shaw Murray
@HuffPostWomen my son's god mum inspires me. She is a foster mum and is helping kids change the direction of their life. #inspiringwomenbelinda parmar
My childhood best friends mom...she puts her children first n always gives the wisest advice...nvr selfish..vry giving.:)Rainbow Lara
my gma that died 5 yrs ago from breast cancer rip gmaDesirea Norris
My mother. She is such a wonderful example of how to always share your love with others and find passion in whatever you are doing. My grandma is also a really great role model. She is so strong and has showed me that no matter what happens you can get through it. She was diagnosed with mouth cancer a year ago, undergone two surgeries and 7 weeks of radiation. And she has not used any pain killers through all of this. She is so resilient. I love them both so much! <3Alex M Lotze
My Mother, My stepmother and my daughter.. But so many more... My mother raised us after a terrible divorce. She was way before her time. My stepmother is full of Grace. Her daughter died in a horrible accident, this was her only child.. and yet my SM is still here with us, getting strong every day and keeping the memory of her daughter alive. Our daughter is amazing. A kind heart, A super intelligent individual and is way stronger than me and she does not even realize it.. I am surrounded by Inspirational women. .Laurie Mitchell Allen
My mother and grandmother. They are strong stubborn women and apparently it hit me as well. My grandmother sometimes drives me insane, but she has taught me to be as tough as anyone can be. My mother has taught me to never give up on a dream. She went back to school and became a teacher because it was her's and she was a single mom trying to support my brother and I. Her struggles taught me lessons that I have never forgotten. Historically, I admire Elizabeth I of England, Cleopatra VII, and Zenobia of Palmyra. Those women each have a piece that I pull from, along with originality, to mold myself into the best woman, politician, humanitarian, and most importantly, wife and mother that I can be.Karin Tyson
Always my mom, I always remember the little things in life she used to tell me long before the women's movement and how right on she was. Double amputee and died at age 54 but what a spirit and determination in life. I am 66 now and I miss her every day.Consuelo Lightner
@TeamListens2U @HuffPostWomen my mother. She works hard & loves harder! She glows when one of her kids visits, 28 yrs after becoming a mom.Celeste T. Rosenlof
@HuffPostWomen My mom. She came to the US with $10 in her pocket and managed to put 4 kids through college. She's an amazing woman.Anita A. Chlipala
My mother and my grandmother as they have faced many battles and obstacles and have always come out on the other side and never lost themselves in the process. Love them both.Amanda Walton
Both of my Grandmas. Both very strong and loving.Crystal Ryan Douglas
Many of these mothers, though, also in return put the spotlight on their daughters.
My daughter. Not a woman yet but she's a great kid.Jennifer Chadwell
My daughters. They do things that make me want to be more like them.Cheryl De Primio
@TeamListens2U @HuffPostWomen My eldest daughter, who gave her little Sis & mom a safe refuge from an abusive spouse.Cynthia Sherstad
@HuffPostWomen My daughter - she amazes me and makes me smile every day ;) @sweetcar0line15Deb Millin
My Mom of course, but surprisingly my oldes daughter Bethany Sapp. She has the most incredible ability to take care of others and me too. She is my best friend and my daughter. Being both is a hard job because you have to be able to have fun with one and respect the other. She makes me proud everyday.Amy Sapp