Musings from Founder Rebecca Smith on Mothers' Day


First off, I wanted to wish all you moms out there a very happy Mothers' Day. Own it. You deserve it. Despite the turbulence of 2018 (and ’17 and ’16), I feel an enormous sense of gratitude to be alive in these times and I find myself thinking a lot these days about the world we are building for our kids – a world that appreciates, promotes and thrives upon the enormous breadth of skills that *only* women have.
 
As excited as I am about the future for us women, this Mothers' Day I find myself reflecting a great deal about where I’ve come from and how it has shaped where I’m going. I have so much to thank my own mother for.
 
Here are some reflections from amazing women on the impact of their mothers.
The common theme? Strength. Incredible strength in all its guises. 
Hope you choose to take the load off for a moment or two today xx
Nora Ephron
“She wasn’t one of those mothers who went, ‘Oh honey, tell me what happened to you at school. What did the bad girls do to you?’ No. She just would say, ‘Oh well, everything is copy. Go make copy"
Hillary Clinton
"‘Go back out there,’ she ordered, ‘and if Suzy hits you, you have my permission to hit her back. You have to stand up for yourself."
Beyonce 
“I think it was important to my mother to surround us with positive, powerful, strong images of African and African-American art so that we could reflect and see ourselves in them.”
Felicity Huffman
"My mom gave me the gift of fun and pleasure — she showed me how to enjoy every moment. Another great gift: She was honest about how tough motherhood can be"
Arianna Huffington
"I still often think of the advice she’d give my sister and me when we were faced with a hard decision: 'Darling, let it marinate.' In other words, give yourself the time to think about and live with the consequences of the decision."
Maya Angelou
“My mom was a terrible parent of small children but a great parent of young adults. She’d talk to me as if I had some sense … Once [she said to me] ‘Baby, you know something? I think you’re the greatest woman I’ve ever met"
Stevie Nicks
“My mother was always totally supportive of me at whatever I wanted to do. But she was also very strict with me and she was hard on me in a lot of ways because she wanted me to be independent…and she wanted me to not ever have to depend on anyone. And she wanted me to be fearless — so I had to work for everything I got" 
Charlize Theron
"My mother's philosophy was 'If you get yourself in trouble, you've got to get yourself out of trouble.' There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want." 

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