Few Are Like Father. No One is Like Mother. – Icelandic Proverb
Mother is best.
We are all born of them. We are privileged to live during this hard-won, and yet dynamic time for women. It’s an exceptional time perhaps in the history of the world where opportunities exist (in most places) unlike any other. Women are taking on significant roles and making contributions through leadership that is proving to create a healthier population, particularly where there are more women in government.
Here are some exceptional Mothers uniquely influencing our lifetime: (Click on the links for more.)
Iceland’s Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, pictured with her daughter. (7x Cousin 2x Removed) the world’s first democratically elected female president who served for sixteen years in Iceland. She remains the longest-serving female head of state of any country and continues to stand for issues to this day.
Katrín Jacobsdóttir the current Prime Minister of Iceland who’s exceptional work regarding equality of women and environmental issues is making a difference not only in the Nordics but Internationally.
Eliza Reid, the Canadian born current First Lady of Iceland who is Co-Founder of Iceland Writer’s Retreat and is known for her advocacy on gender equality.
Jacinda Adern the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the world’s youngest female head of government who handled recent terrorism by others with strength, compassion and swift action.
The Famous Five continue to influence Canadian Social Policies: Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby who championed the rights of women and children in Canada in the early part of the 20th Century.
Women working in the realm of social change and human potential have opened their minds and hearts, and found the courage to connect their own personal gifts and desires with a life of their choosing while making a difference to others, and us, through their actions.
Viola Desmond, the face of our new ten dollar bill. Viola Desmond was a successful black businesswoman who was jailed, convicted and fined for defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946.
Samantha Nutt, an award-winning Canadian physician, humanitarian, the bestselling author, public speaker and founder of War Child Canada and War Child U.S.A.
Naomi Klein, a renowned Canadian author, social activist, filmmaker, and influential thought leader who expresses her criticism of corporate globalization and capitalism.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist with her focus on issues of indigenous people in the Americas.
Deepa Mehta, an Indo-Canadian director, screenwriter, producer and storyteller of controversial social issues. Recipient of the Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, Canadian Screen Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.
Linda Lundstrom, a Canadian Fashion Icon named to the Order of Ontario, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognized as a champion of First Nations awareness and ethical manufacturing practices.
And my own, mother, is a Canadian teacher specializing in Learning Disabilities. She is a beloved Artist, Mother, Amma, Auntie, Friend.
And there are many more remarkable women…consider these Canadians…..Margaret Atwood, Roberta Bondar, Hayley Wickenheiser, Susan Aglukark, Liona Boyd, Emily Carr, Barbara Frum, Joni Mitchell.
Let us be inspired, and singularly like no other, like Mother.
We are all born of them, and we share the same mind, heart, and faculties as our birthright.
Who are the significant women influencing your lifetime?
Sending lots and lots of love,