The Fierce Mother: Famous Moms Turned Female Historical Leaders

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Before they were great female historical leaders–or famous moms–they were daughters. Whether it’s Marge Simpson or Michelle Obama,  we know that parenting is no small feat (no matter how famous you are). That’s why this month, we want to take a moment to pay homage to the women who raised us, the women who nurture and care for us, the first female leaders we meet–the moms.

Princess Diana: Famous Mom with a Powerful Legacy 

Another fierce female historical leader is Princess Diana who captivated the hearts of millions during her life. Born July 1961, she was married to Prince Charles and was mother to Prince William and Prince Harry. She was known for her graceful demeanor and elegance in the midst of the public eye, earning her the nickname “The People’s Princess.”

Michelle Obama: Fabulous First Lady

When we think of “Fierce Motherhood” there are two phenomenal female historical leaders that come to mind. The first famous Mom is Michelle Obama, born January 1964. She is an American Attorney, Author and former first lady of the United States. She is the first Black woman to serve in this position. Raising two daughters in the public eye is certainly no easy task yet Michelle Obama did it and details her experiences as a famous mom in the public eye in her acclaimed memoir. 

Cover of OH SIS, You're pregnant! by Shanicia Boswell
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When it comes to fierce motherhood, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! By Shanicia Boswell provides everything you need to know about being Black, pregnant, and expecting. Hailed by famous moms like Tatyana Ali and Chef Ahki Taylor, this book discusses the stages of pregnancy, labor, and motherhood as they pertain to pregnant Black women today.

Q+A with Author Shanicia Boswell

MANGO: What does it take to be a fierce mother in this day and age?

SHANICIA: Motherhood can never be defined but will constantly evolve as you grow. It will change you. It will make you question your choices. It will test your relationships. Overall, do not get caught up in trying to live someone else’s version of your life. Just be you. You are perfectly imperfect as you are.”

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