Maya Angelou said, “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.”

WomanScape celebrates all of the women who love unconditionally, cherish fiercely and give of themselves with undying devotion.

Whether through birth, healing, or selflessness, we thought we’d share a few powerful mothers from the last four centuries:

  • Meet the 18th century peasant wife of Feodor Vassilyevg, whose name was never recorded in history despite her giving birth to 69 children in Russia! She holds the Guinness World Record for giving birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets.
  • Meet Mary Sleesor, the 19th century Scottish missionary who stopped the practice of infanticide in Nigeria and became a mother to a country;
  • Meet Mary Two-Axe, the 20th century mother of the Canadian Indigenous movement; and,
  • Meet Irena Sendler, the 21st century Polish mother. She is credited with saving 2,500 children from the Holocaust death camps in Warsaw during WWII.

Note: Photo of Maasai mother in Tanzania, by Rose McInerney (3/6/20)

Wishing each and every woman a truly blessed day of celebration, especially our healthcare workers who risk everything to mother strangers with the power of angels,

Rose and the WomanScape team

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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