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Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact

With Mothers' Day coverage taking over our browsers this week, it's hard to argue against the undeniable power that moms everywhere possess. The U...

We Are All Ordinary, And We Are All Superheroes

Kristin van Ogtrop | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Kristin van Ogtrop

Like most women worldwide, I have a very ordinary mom. She is not famous, she is not spectacularly rich, she has never invented anything that she had to patent, and she's never saved anyone's life by performing emergency CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. So yes, she was ordinary. And yet she was -- and is, at the age of 73 -- a superhero.

Raising Citizens Of The World

Helen Clark | Posted 05.02.2014 | Impact
Helen Clark

Mothers bring life. Mothers bring caring. Mothers set the tone for the aspirations of the next generation.

My Mother Taught Me Hurdles Are Jumpable

Deborra-lee Furness | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Deborra-lee Furness

In my world, women were dynamic, in charge and all-powerful. I later learned, as a young woman who ventured out into the real world, that wasn't necessarily the lay of the land out there.

My Mother, The Angel; My Mother, The Warrior

Glennon Melton | Posted 04.28.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

In the sense that almost everything valuable owes its origin in part to a Mother. To her convincing that -- be damned what the rest of the world says -- we are okay. And beautiful things will come from us.

The Blessing Of A Newborn Baby Girl

Audrey McClelland | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Audrey McClelland

I don't know what came over me, but in those final days of her life... I asked her, "When the time is right, Nana... send me a baby girl."

The Things You Can Do As One Person

Cindi Leive | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact
Cindi Leive

But even now, 50 years later, she says that the time she spent in Africa "gave me a formation ... and left me with a sense of all the things you can do as one person." Of all her life experiences, she says, this one -- caring for families half a world away from her home country -- "probably marked me the most."

Being Born Around The World: Traditions, Customs And Superstitions!

BabyCenter | Posted 04.24.2014 | Parents
BabyCenter

Call me optimistic but I feel like a mother's love has the power to do amazing things. The world must agree with me to some extent, otherwise, why would we go through such lengths to celebrate new life?

Every Child's Wishes And Dreams Matter

Amanda Peet | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Amanda Peet

As a social worker, my Mom dedicated her career to helping other people. After she retired, she volunteered helping immigrant students prepare for their GEDs. Because of her, I've always been curious about other countries and cultures, and have tried to find ways to help people in need.

Congo's Hero Women: Creating A Different Future

Neema Namadamu | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Neema Namadamu

Our extended family and community would continually challenge her investment in me, my mother brazenly, if not defiantly, went to great lengths to support me and protect my opportunity for a different future to the one they all expected.

Protect, Nurture, Love: The Shared Stories Of Women

Anne Geddes | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Anne Geddes

Protect. Nurture. Love. That has been my mantra for the past 30 years of my career as a photographer. I believe that all moms change lives -- and together, we have the ability to change the world for the better -- one newborn at a time.

When Moms Get Out Front

Kelsey Wirth | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Kelsey Wirth

As mothers, we are called to protect, and our protective force has never been more needed.

The Universal Truths Of Motherhood

Devi Ramachandran Thomas | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Devi Ramachandran Thomas

Describing motherhood properly is like trying to describe Persephone's emergence from Hades and feeling the warmth of the sun's rays for the first time. Motherhood has warmed my heart and tickled my soul in ways I hadn't even imagined, in ways I am still too tongue-tied to describe.

Learning From Strong Women

Nigel Barker | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Nigel Barker

Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.

Women And Girls Are The Power And Potential For Positive Change

Pat Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

We see so many girls and women making huge positive changes in their communities. When doors are closed to women, those societies and the world are losing.

Girl Up Teen Advisors Surprise Their Moms In The Most Beautiful Way

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

Girl Up is dedicated to improving the lives of girls around the world and empowering them to give their hearts to make this world a better place. We asked our Teen Advisors about their mothers.. and then filmed the answers with their mothers watching.

Motherhood Is A Woman's Greatest Challenge

Angélica Fuentes | Posted 04.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Angélica Fuentes

The birth of our children is a miracle of love that transforms us, our daily routine, thoughts, hierarchies and interests. Despite all of this, I wanted to be the same woman as I had always been. I could only begin to guess that this challenge would bring me the greatest learning of my life.

Bring Every Good Thing To Our Children

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good in the world.

Always Start With The Girl

Maria Eitel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Whether dancing with a giggling group of girls in rural India, or across from an embarrassed, Hawaiian-shirt clad legion of middle school boys in a gym, I know that my mom is there for me, and all girls, by inspiring creative solutions through honest dialogue.

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Queen Rania of Jordan

What unites them is their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. They're all role models. They are blazing trails. I couldn't be prouder of them. So, the "baton" that I pass to all of you is their stories, their example.

How My Step-Mom And Mother-In-Law Inspire Me

Laura Turner Seydel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Laura Turner Seydel

I have had many blessings in my life: a loving husband, three beautiful children and a father whose passion inspires me every day of my life. I also have been blessed with not one, but two wonderful women who have been role models and inspirations to me.

I View Mothers With Awe

Annie Lennox | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Annie Lennox

I appreciate my mother and everything she went through. As a woman and mother, I passionately believe that women everywhere in the world deserve access to sexual and reproductive health care.

My Mother Always Told Me Inaction Is Not An Option

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 03.20.2014 | Impact
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

I was born in South Africa, in Durban. My mother was a community health nurse, specializing in family planning. She understood that women's health is vital to the health of the entire society. She was determined to make a difference and express her opinion, and she was my first exposure to activism.

A Life-Saving Tip, From One Mother To Another

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

And that was how a tip from one mother, through another mother, to a third mother, about a drug used in villages and small towns in a developing country, along with state of the art medical technology and expertise, saved the life of my friend, in a top-level hospital in one of the world's most developed cities.

How Helping Teen Mothers Changed My Life

Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Esmeralda Villanueva de Ramírez

At first I didn't understand the mothers' unbridled enthusiasm for a piñata. But then it hit me -- these teenagers hadn't had the chance to be little girls, because they became mothers too soon.