12 May Feel Good Friday: Working Families
This week on Feel Good Friday, we are profiling some famous working mothers!
We recognize how hard all mothers work and would like to wish them all a very happy Mother’s Day!
Marie Curie (1867-1934) became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only woman to win the award in two different fields (physics and chemistry). Curie’s efforts, with her husband Pierre Curie, led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre’s death, the further development of X-rays.
Mother of Irène Joliot-Curie who followed in her mother’s footsteps, winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.
Golda Meir (1898-1978) worked for the Israeli government in various roles including Minister of Labor and Foreign Minister from the 1940s through the 1960s. In 1969, party factions appointed her Prime Minister, thereby also becoming the first woman to hold that title in Israel, and only the 3rd female prime minister in world history.
Mother of Menachem and Sarah.
Irena Sendler (1910-2008) was a Polish social worker who, during World War II, helped to rescue 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, and placed them in convents or with non-Jewish families.
Mother of three children: daughter Janka, and sons Andrzej and Adam.
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) was the only child of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. She ascended to the position after his death in the mid-1960s. Gandhi survived party in-fighting, emerging as a popular leader thanks in part to efforts to revitalize the farming industry. Ousted from power in 1977, Gandhi was re-elected prime minister in 1980, and served in the role until her assassination in 1984.
Mother of Sanjay and Rajiv. Rajiv succeeded her immediately following her death.
Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) became Britain’s Conservative Party leader and in 1979 was elected prime minister, the first woman to hold the position in the U.K. During her three terms, she cut social welfare programs, reduced trade union power, and privatized certain industries.
Mother of daughter Carol and son Sir Mark.
Sandra Day O’Connor (1930 – ) was elected to two terms in the Arizona state senate. In 1981, Ronald Reagan nominated her to the U.S. Supreme Court. She received unanimous Senate approval, and made history as the first woman justice to serve on the nation’s highest court. O’Connor was a key swing vote in many important cases, including the upholding of Roe v. Wade. She retired in 2006 after serving for 24 years.
Mother of 3 sons: Brian, Jay and Scott.
Candy Lightner (1946 – ) founded one of the country’s largest activist organizations, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), after her daughter died in a drunk driving accident, to raise awareness on this problem and to fight for tough laws against offenders. She was appointed to a national commission on this issue by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The following year, Lightner left MADD. Since then, she has continued to work on social and legal issues as an activist. She also serves as a consultant to organizations and companies.
Mother of two daughters, Cari, Serena and son, Travis.
Hillary Clinton (1947 – ) was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001, becoming the first American First Lady to ever win a public office seat. She later became the 67th U.S. Secretary of State in 2009, serving until 2013. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Mother of Chelsea.
J.K. Rowling (1965 – ) came from humble economic means before writing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a children’s fantasy novel. The work was an international hit and Rowling wrote six more books in the series, which sold hundreds of millions of copies and was adapted into a blockbuster film franchise.
Mother of David, Mackenzie and Jessica.
Sheryl Sandberg (1969 – ) After starting out in politics, Sandberg moved to Silicon Valley and worked for Google for seven years. She then moved to Facebook, where she has been COO since 2008. Sandberg is the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has sold more than a million copies.
Mother of two children, a son and a daughter.
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