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LIST OF POWERFUL MOTHERS.
These women are brazen They are tough, independent and smart. They waited for no one. Someone needed to compile a list of POWERFUL MOTHERS. The time has come. There are many more mothers to be added. The list keeps getting longer, so it will be divided into parts.
Lisa Leslie WNBA player currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. Mother of one child and married to former Airforce Pilot and Basketball player Michael Lockwood. Leslie has been a member of the U.S. womens basketball team at four Summer Olympic Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. The team won gold medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Leslie is also a fashion model and aspiring actress on the side. Although a far superior athlete to actress, in June 1996, she signed a contract with the Wilhelmina modeling agency. Packaged with her undeniable height, she is one of five Olympic athletes featured in a Herb Ritts photo spread for Vogue magazine and has modeled designs by Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Gigi Hunter and Anne Klein. Leslie is also a fashion model and aspiring actress on the side. Although a far superior athlete to actress, in June 1996, she signed a contract with the Wilhelmina modeling agency. Packaged with her undeniable height, she is one of five Olympic athletes featured in a Herb Ritts photo spread for Vogue magazine and has modeled designs by Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Gigi Hunter and Anne Klein. Along with her mother, Leslie is an advocate for breast cancer research. Leslie's mom, Christine LeslieEspinoza, was once a cross-country truck driver. Leslie has stated that her mother is the person she admires the most.
Nancy Cleary American Publisher. Mother of two children and married to her cowboy, Joey Dee Montoya. Nancy Cleary’s indie press Wyatt-MacKenzie has published over 150 products and has printed close to a quarter of a million books in the last 10 years with a special focus on mom writers. She traditionally publishes authors offering advances and major bookstore distribution, she also launches self-publishing imprints with demand-driven distribution. Nancy provides authors pre-publication marketing plans and teaches them how to build platforms to attract publicity and rights sales. Nancy Cleary has been quoted on the topics of publishing, graphic design, branding and the mompreneur™ community in Working Mother Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Family Circle, The Wall Street Journal, Home Business Magazine, total180 magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine.Cleary has been featured in these books: Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Piece of the Trillion Dollar Market, The Women’s Home-Based Business Book of Answers, HerVenture.com, The SelfEmployed Woman’s Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business, Hot Moms Handbook, and Make Your Business Survive and Thrive. Cleary's perspective on the publishing world is in A Book is Born: 24 Mom Authors Tell All, released Nov. 2007. Cleary’s 20 years as a professional graphic designer and product packager—with a talent and passion for capturing an author’s brand—elevates authors, making them irresistible to the media and customers, allowing them to leverage their intellectual property. Nancy Cleary was a Stevie® Award Finalist in Women Helping Women. Her awards are too numerous to put here.
Brenda Strong American actress and yoga instructor. Mother to one child and married to yoga instructor and designer Tom Henri. As a certified yoga instructor and fertility expert, Strong has experience teaching at UCLA's Mind/Body Institute. She is currently working on her first book about yoga and the woman's journey. Best known for her role as Mary Alice Young on the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. She is also known for portraying Sally Sasser on Sports Night and her lead role as Arlene Ridgeway on the short-lived series The Help. Although she stars on Desperate Housewives, Strong has recently made an appearance on sister ABC program Boston Legal as a judge hearing Denny Crane's case.
Christie Brinkley Former American fashion super model, and ex-wife of musician Billy Joel. Mother of three children and single. Has been through a harrowing divorce that was just finalized to her fourth husband. In 1976, Brinkley signed a contract with cosmetics giant Cover Girl, which was renewed for 20 years. A few years after Cover Girl terminated its contract with Brinkley, it again signed her as a model with ads in magazines and commercials for mature skin products in 2005. Brinkley appeared on the cover of three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues (1979 – 1981). Brinkley supports animal rights, most notably through the organization PETA. Brinkley has previously spoken out against the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on behalf of PETA. Brinkley helped found a club for cutting, an equestrian sport in which a rider has two and one half minutes to cut as many cattle from a herd as he can. Since 1998, she has given nearly $100,000 to organizations and candidates of the Democratic Party of the United States, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Democratic National Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, America Coming Together, andMoveon.org. After the High Flux Beam Reactor (HFBR) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) was shut down, Brinkley was part of an antinuclear group that campaigned against the restart. The HFBR is an academic nuclear reactor used for a range of research from cancer cures to superconductivity. The HFBR was closed for an Environmental Impact Statement after it was discovered that its spent-fuel pool was leaking a small amount of tritium-containing water.
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa Cofounder and director of Golden Bridge, the premier center for the study and practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation in Los Angeles. Mother of one child and married to yoga instructor Gurushabad. For over three decades, students in Los Angeles and throughout the world have sought her classes in Kundalini Yoga, meditation, and pre- and postnatal care. Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, lovingly known as "Gurmukh" in the yoga world, loves to celebrate life. People are always around her, eating, meeting, talking, having fun. She loves to bring people together. Every Sunday night after a hearty 2 hour yoga class, up to 90 to 100 people gather for a Sunday night dinner, creating the feeling of the old time "Family Get Together." What warms her heart the most, is watching the pregnant mamas be pregnant and then bringing their babies back after 40 days. She loves to see the mothers and their children as they grow up. And she loves to watch the children as they grow and blossom. She is the author of The Eight Human Talents: The Yogic Way to Restoring the Natural Balance of Serenity Within You andBountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as well as the creator of three yoga videos.
Ellen Parlapiano and Patricia Cobe American Authors, Speakers. Parlapiano and Cobe are recognized as leading authorities on women-owned businesses, and have offered entrepreneurial advice on Oprah, the CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Maury, CNN, CNBC, Fox News Channel, Lifetime Television, National Public Radio, and numerous other TV and radio shows nationwide. Mompreneurs® has been featured as a top trend-setter in Time Magazine, Business Week, Parade Magazine, and other leading magazines and newspapers. Their first Mompreneurs book, catapulting work-at-home mothers into the spotlight, and coining the catchy word “mompreneurs to describe entrepreneurial moms. As work-athome moms themselves, Parlapiano and Cobe decided to write the book when they couldn’t find anything on the market addressing the special needs of mothers running businesses from home. Patrica and Ellen are very experienced women in the world of wahm’s. With over 25 years of experience in the world of working from home these woman are some of the first pioneers. They took their chances and succeeded during a time when it was unbelievable. They both still write and lecture on work at home and time management topics, sharing the knowledge they have gathered through their years of experience and giving it to other women who can use it to take their own steps into the world of being a mompreneur. Their weekly "Mompreneurs®" advice column, message board and chats appear on iVillage.com, which is visited by 7 million women each month. Cobe and Parlapiano are also on the advisory board for Home-Based Working Moms, a national organization in Texas.
Sharon Osbourne English music manager and promoter,television personality and presenter. Mother of three children and married to Ozzie Osbourne. She came into public prominence after appearing in The Osbournes, a reality television show that followed her family's daily life. Osbourne later became a judge on the talent shows The X Factor and America's Got Talent. Her autobiography, Extreme, has sold in excess of two million copies. After the success of The Osbournes, hosting her own chat shows and securing advertising contracts, Osbourne was ranked as the 60th richest woman in Britain on the 2007 Sunday Times Rich List. Sharon and husband, Ozzy Osbourne, are currently ranked as the 724th richest people in Britain with an estimated joint wealth of £110 million. Sharon Osbourne previously revived Ozzy's metal career and she stands as the founder of Ozzfest.
Laura Schlessinger American radio host, author and conservative commentator. Mother of one child and married to Dr. Lewis G. Bishop. Once a professional counselor, Schlessinger offers advice to callers every day on her nationally-syndicated radio show, The Dr. Laura Program, which airs through Premiere Radio Networks. Schlessinger's callers ask questions about issues affecting their lives, including sex outside of marriage, premarital cohabitation, intentional single parenthood, day care in lieu of parents staying home to raise their children, the viewing of pornography, marrying too quickly or out of desperation, permissive parenting (also known as laissez-faire parenting), abortion, easy or no-fault divorce, and same-sex marriage. Her radio program often features short editorial monologues on these and other social and political topics, followed by her characteristically direct responses to callers' questions and moral dilemmas. Certain aspects of feminism are often discussed on her website (Dr. Laura was a self-claimed feminist in the 1970s). She has also authored numerous self-help books, including the best-selling Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives, and several religious books. The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands has been her most successful book thus far. While working at USC, she met Dr. Lewis G. Bishop, who was married but separated with dependent children. According to divorce filings, Schlessinger and Bishop began an affair. Bishop left his wife after more than 20 years of marriage, and moved in with Schlessinger. They lived together as an unmarried couple, and Schlessinger tried to get pregnant after reversing an earlier tubal ligation and suffering an ectopic pregnancy. They married in early 1985, eight years after beginning their relationship, and Bishop became Schlessinger's business manager. In 1998, Schlessinger created The Dr. Laura Foundation to help abused and neglected children. Schlessinger regularly asked her on-air audience to donate items for "My Stuff" bags, which go to children in need (often children who must leave their home with no possessions). All other donations came from other people or groups, usually in the form
of donated items for the bags. Per the foundation's reports, money not used for operations was directed toward pro-life organizations, such as crisis pregnancy centers. In September 2004, Schlessinger announced that she was closing down the foundation by the end of the year. Her reason for ending the foundation's work, as given on her website and in an announcement to listeners, was to support adoption and abstinence.
Dina Lohan Manager of daughter of pop star and actress Lindsey Lohan and controversial Reality Television Personality. Mother of four children and was married to Michael Lohan. Lindsay's younger sister Ali Lohan, with whom Dina co-stars in the reality show Living Lohan. Dina and her younger daughter Ali began a reality show, Living Lohan, which debuted on May 26, 2008 on the cable television network E!. Dina is also one of the executive producers of the series. The Mingling Moms Organization just released their 2008 Top 20 Long Island Mothers of Celebrities, whose famous - and some infamous - children include Lindsay Lohan.
Angelina Jolie American film actor and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. Mother of six children and married to activist and actor Brad Pitt. She has been cited as one of the world's most beautiful women and her off-screen life is widely reported. Jolie has received three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award. With increasing experience, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level. She regularly attends World Refugee Day in Washington, D.C., and she was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2005 and 2006. Jolie also began lobbying humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital, where she met with members of Congress at least 20 times from 2003. Jolie is noted as "the one A-list celebrity without a publicist",and she quickly became a tabloid's favorite, since she presented herself as very outspoken in interviews, discussing her love life and her interest in BDSM openly, and once claiming to be "most likely to sleep with a female fan" Today, Jolie is one of the best known celebrities around the world. According to the Q Score, in 2000, subsequent to her Oscar win, 31 % of respondents in the United States said Jolie was familiar to them, by 2006 she was familiar to 81 % of Americans In a 2006 global industry survey by ACNielsen in 42 international markets Jolie, together with Brad Pitt, was found to be the favorite celebrity endorser for brands and products worldwide. Jolie was among the Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, in 2006 and 2008 She was described as the world's most beautiful woman in the 2006 "100 Most Beautiful" issue of People, and she was voted the greatest sex symbol of all time in the British Channel 4television show The 100 Greatest Sex Symbols in 2007. On Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list, Jolie was ranked at No. 35 in 2006, No. 14 in 2007,
and she was the highest listed actor at No. 3 in 2008. She was also described as the world's most powerful actress in the 2009 edition of Guinness World Records.
Mia Farrow American Actress and activist. Adopted mother of six children and a total of 14 children of and ex partner of Woodey Allen. She is well known for her many movies, including Rosemary’s Baby which gained her world wide recognition. She was also the young bride of Frank Sinatra. Later she married the famous composer and director Andre Previn. Farrow has appeared in more than forty films and won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe award (and seven additional Golden Globe nominations), three BAFTA Film Award nominations, and a win for best actress at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Farrow is also notable for her extensive humanitarian work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Also in 1968, Farrow traveled to India, where she spent the early part of the year at the ashram of the Maharishi in Rishikesh,Uttarakhand, studying transcendental meditation. Her latest effort is www.miafarrow.org containing a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photos and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic. In 2008, she was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Farrow has been a high profile advocate for children's rights, working to raise funds and awareness for children in conflict affected regions, predominantly in Africa. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has worked extensively to draw attention to the fight to eradicate polio, which she survived as a child. She has traveled to Darfur three times to advocate for Darfuri refuges. She traveled there, in November 2004 and June 2006, joining her son Ronan Farrow, who has also worked for UNICEF in Sudan. Her third trip was as part of a documentary film expedition in 2007. Farrow's photographs of Darfur appeared in People magazine in July 2006 and she authored an article on the crisis, published in the Chicago Tribune on July 25, 2006. On February 5, 2007, Farrow authored an editorial for the Los Angeles Times. On August 7, 2007, Farrow offered to "trade her freedom" for the freedom of a rebel leader, being treated in a UN hospital but afraid to leave. She wanted to be taken captive in exchange for him being allowed to leave the country.
Katie Holmes American actress. Mother of one child and married to super star actor Tom Cruise. First achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek from 1998 to 2003. Her movie roles have ranged from art house films such as The Ice Storm to thrillers such as Abandon to blockbusters such as Batman Begins. In early 2005, Holmes began a highly publicized relationship with actor Tom Cruise, which drew attention due to the sixteen-year age difference between the two. In June, two months after they first met, Holmes and Cruise were engaged. Their relationship made Holmes the subject of international media attention, much of it negative, including speculation the relationship was a publicity stunt to promote the couple's films. Holmes, who was raised a Roman Catholic, joined the Church of Scientology shortly after the couple began dating.
Gwen Stefani American recording artist and fashion designer. Mother of two children and married to British grunge musician Gavin Rossdale. Stefani fronts the rock band No Doubt, whose 1995 album Tragic Kingdom propelled them to stardom, selling 16 million copies worldwide. It spawned the singles "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", and "Don't Speak". Stefani recorded her first solo album Love. Angel.
Music. Baby. in 2004. The album was primarily inspired by music of the 1980s, and emerged an international success with sales of over seven million. The album's third single "Hollaback Girl" became the first U.S. digital download to sell one million copies. Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. She won the World's Best-Selling New Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2005. Stefani is known as a fashion trendsetter. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls.
Madonna American recording artist and entertainer. Mother to three children, (adoptive mother to one) and married to Guy Ritchie. After performing as member of the pop musical groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her self-titled debut album in 1983, and then produced three consecutive number-one studio albums on the Billboard 200 in the 1980s and four more since year 2000. Madonna is known for her works that explore religious symbolism and sexual themes which also drew criticism from the Vatican in the late 1980s. In 1992, she founded an entertainment company, Maverick, which published a book of photographs (Sex). She also released a studio album (Erotica) and starred in a film (Body of Evidence) with erotic themes. These works generated negative publicity and coincided with a fall in commercial sales in the 1990s. Madonna's career was revived in 1998, when the release of her album Ray of Light garnered critical acclaim. Madonna has acted in 22 films. Although most failed critically and commercially, she earned a Golden Globe Award for her role in the 1996 film Evita. Madonna has been regarded as "one of the greatest pop acts of all time" and dubbed the "Queen of Pop" by various sources. She is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female rock artist of the twentieth century and the second top-selling female artist in the United States with 63 million certified albums. Guinness World Records list her as the world's most successful female recording artist of all time and the top-earning female singer in the world with an estimated net worth
of US $490 million, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. On March 10, 2008, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Nancy Reagan American actress and widow of former United States President Ronald Reagan and served as an influential First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Mother of two children and married to American President, Ronald Regan. Nancy became the First Lady of California when her husband was Governor from 1967 to 1975. She championed recreational drug prevention causes by founding the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign, which was considered her major initiative as First Lady. The Reagans retired to their home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California in 1989. Nancy devoted most of her time to caring for her ailing husband, diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer's disease, until his death in 2004. Nancy Reagan has remained active in politics, particularly in relation to stem-cell research. Nancy's relationship with her children was not always as close as that with her husband; she frequently quarreled with her biological children and her stepchildren. Her relationship with Patti was the most contentious; Patti flouted American conservatism and rebelled against her parents by joining the nuclear freeze movement and authoring many anti-Reagan books. Nancy was thought to be closest to her stepdaughter Maureen during the White House years, but each of the Reagan children experienced periods of estrangement from their parents. In October 1987, a mammogram detected a suspicious lesion in Nancy Reagan's left breast. Tests concluded that the lesion was a malignant tumor and Reagan was diagnosed with breast cancer. After consultation with doctors, Nancy decided to have a mastectomy performed rather than a lumpectomy. Though Nancy was a controversial First Lady, 56 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of her when her husband left office on January 20, 1989.
Trudie Styler English actress and producer. Mother of four children and married to super star musician Sting. In the mid-nineties Styler established Xingu Films a production company dedicated to "backing small, unfashionable projects" who have backed films like A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. In late July 2008 it was announced that they had optioned American Reaper, an upcoming graphic novel written by Pat Mills, who will also write the screenplay. Along with husband Sting and a Brazilian Indian, she started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save the rainforests. Styler has just added another string to her bow. Essentially new to directing (she had co-directed a documentary entitled The Sweatbox), she recently directed a short called Wait, as part of a four part commission by Glamour magazine of women who don't normally direct.
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