From "Open Table" to "Peloton". While the country's nonprofit and retail organizations and companies celebrate the contributions of women during Women's History Month, we pay tribute to the women who are MOTHERS.
Tremendous barriers frequently stand in the way of their success. At the intersection of gender and race, inequities are compounded for female minorities, who continue to be denied fair wages and education and economic opportunities, challenging their drive to succeed in life or in their communities. Oftentimes, single heads of household struggle between doing "what is right" and doing whatever it takes to make ends meet.
Motherhood is sacred and reverent. Mothers are the glue who hold together families, advocate for their offspring's rights. They kiss your boo boos, wipe your tears, and place a star-studded band-aid over your wound. They discipline, scold, punish, in an attempt to teach what they perceive is "right." They are master jugglers of finances and hierarchy of needs, often turning pocket change into a quart of milk.
Mothers are resilient, resourceful, and fiercely determined. Despite perhaps working two jobs with 16 hour work days, many mothers live in poverty, and live with the shame that they cannot provide for their family.