Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers

Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers is the second book in my Women and Adversity series. It features some famous mothers:

  • Maria von Trapp, mother of the von Trapp singers
  • Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Some mothers of famous people:

  • Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Nancy Matthews Elliott Edison, mother of Thomas Edison

Others women who earned the title of Mother:

  • Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun who ministered to the poor around the world
  • Mother Seton, who established several “firsts” in America
  • Both of these women founded religious orders
  • Both were canonized saints in the Catholic Church

Some of the women have gone unnoticed by most:

  • Waris Dirie, who advocates against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Grace Williams, who advocates for adults with disabilities

Mother’s Day has been a holiday in the U.S. since 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson declared it to be celebrated the second Sunday in May. Anna Jarvis, also featured in the book, was the motivating force behind the holiday because she wanted to honor her mother, another featured mother in the book, who had hoped someone would establish a day for mothers.

The brief sketches in Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers are not biographies. They can be study guides for students, prompts teachers use to help motivate students, and fascinating reading for book lovers. It is available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, apple.books.com, kobo.com, and goodreads.com. Also available at these platforms is the first in my Women and Adversity series, Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women.

Coming in August: Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists.


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Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com to learn more.

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