07/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Tribute to Motherhood: Love Is Life

The Huffington Post's Living section joins Mothers Day Every Day, a joint campaign of the White Ribbon Alliance and CARE, in a daily countdown to Mothers Day with special voices working to help save the lives of mothers and newborns around the world. Mothers Day Every Day is advocating for more progress and investments toward safe pregnancy and healthy babies because when women survive childbirth, they give birth to healthier families, communities and nations.

My mother always taught me that "fear is not an option." As a Holocaust survivor, she never saw herself as a victim, and to this day I still think of those words when I am confronted by challenges. As we get ready to celebrate Mothers Day, I think not just about my mother, but about all the mothers I encounter each day -- those I work with, talk with, spend time with -- and I'm inspired. As women, we put so much pressure on ourselves that we don't realize how much influence we have on our families and communities.

Through my work, my philanthropy and my mentorship, I aim to empower women -- so that together we have to potential to create a better, more stable and healthy world through our unique talents.

This year, I have partnered with the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), a global coalition that promotes awareness to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women and newborns. Healthy moms and babies are the basis for a strong society, so I have designed a special "Love is Life" t-shirt to honor women and to benefit WRA.

WRA has uniquely demonstrated global leadership on maternal and newborn health advocacy. In the United States they have partnered with CARE to form Mothers Day Every Day, a campaign that calls for greater leadership from the U.S. to save hundreds of thousands of women and newborns needlessly lost in childbirth around the world.

I hope you will join me in supporting WRA and in giving moms all over the world the chance to have the positive impact that our moms did on us and the communities around them.

The "Love is Life" White Ribbon Alliance t-shirt available online, click here to view.

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