Mother’s Day: Celebrate a #StrongMom for your chance to win!


“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’d like to highlight just what it takes to be a #StrongMom. Moms are some of the most exceptional people we know. They inspire us to be our best selves, exhibit bravery in the face of difficulties, instill in us the values they hold dear, and show us their unconditional love.

We went through our archives and found some incredible mothers who are role models for their children and for moms everywhere, demonstrating remarkable strength in the face of immense challenges, all while doing their utmost to excel at being a mom.

Marie Skłodowska Curie

Marie Skłodowska Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She was given this great honor for her innovative discoveries in the field of radioactivity, a term she coined. Originally from Poland, she was the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and a mother of two. In addition to her innovations in the fields of chemistry and physics, Curie made a conscientious effort to relay to her daughters the importance of their heritage. While living in France, Curie made sure her daughters studied the Polish language and she took them on frequent visits to Poland.

Indira Gandhi

As the first and only female Prime Minister of India, as well as one of the longest-serving ones, Indira Gandhi embodied the definition of leadership. Turning to Joan of Arc as her own role model, Gandhi sought to empower women. She established the Congress Party’s Women’s Section to take action on issues like child welfare and women’s rights. With all of these accomplishments, Gandhi was often quoted as saying that raising her two children was the most important part of her life.

Sojourner Truth

Despite being born into slavery in 1797, Sojourner Truth became a courageous African American abolitionist and women’s activist. She is remembered for her well-received speeches advocating for the abolishment of slavery and in favor of women’s rights. She was a mother to five children and became the first African American woman to win a court case against a white male as she fought for her right to mother her own son.

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and the first woman to join its Board of Directors, has been empowering women everywhere to “lean in”; she has also exhibited tremendous fortitude when she suddenly became a single mom of two after the tragic passing of her husband.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams has had an impressive career of record-breaking endurance. She is the winner of 36 Grand Slam titles, as well as the first tennis player in history — male or female — to have won 10 Grand Slam singles titles in two separate decades. She also made history for winning the Australian Open while eight months pregnant. Her strength is well apparent off the court as well, as she has inspired a new generation of tennis players through her positivity and charisma. After becoming a mom herself in 2017, she famously thanked her own mother for helping her reach her achievements.

J.K Rowling

The wonderfully creative and imaginative Harry Potter series earned J.K Rowling billionaire status. Instead of holding on to her wealth, she donated the majority of her earnings to various charities and even formed her own charity called Lumos, which aims to help millions of orphans find adoptive families. Rowling is no stranger to adversity: prior to the success of the Potter book series, she suffered the loss of her own mother, went through a divorce, becoming a single mom, and lived in poverty.

While these women may have caught the public eye, we know that every mom has her own strengths.

Tell us about your #StrongMom for the chance to win a MyHeritage DNA kit + Complete subscription!

Share with us your mom’s unique strength by commenting below, tweeting us at @MyHeritage or tagging our Instagram account myheritage_official. Be sure to include the hashtag #StrongMom. Two lucky winners will receive a free MyHeritage DNA kit as well as a MyHeritage Complete subscription.

Still looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for all the moms in your life? A MyHeritage DNA kit is a great way to celebrate your mom’s uniqueness and help her discover more about her ethnic roots. Check out our special deal for Mother’s Day!

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  • John

    May 3, 2018


  • Steve

    May 4, 2018

    My mother had a brain haemorrhage at the age of 21, just after she met my father, following by a second one a few years later, resulting in her being semi-paralysed on her left side ever since. She still managed to raise 7 children, ensuring we were all educated well and had good values. Now 81, she also has 18 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She has always stood up for the little guy, especially when she was the union rep in her job. With so many mouths to feed, she had to go back to work to support the family when my father’s workplace was on long-term strike. She’s currently fighting Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, without complaint as usual, but has always been an inspiration for me all of her family.

  • Shona Roycroft

    May 4, 2018

    My mother is an inspiration to me and my sister and brother, She lost her own mother at age 4 to an autoimmune disease, as an only child her father struggled to raise her and run the farm so she was sent to live with relatives. As a young woman of 18 she met and married my dad, he was the love of her life and soon along came 3 children, life was hard work to make a dollar dairy farming in NZ in the 70’s, then in 1981 we lost dad (age35) to a massive heart attack, Mum was devastated but knew she had to continue on and raise us. She Milked and farmed on her own and also feed calves for another farmer to make ends meet. We were raised to be careing, thoughtful and loving people thanks to her. I believe my mother is the most hard working woman I know and I’m very proud of her.

  • Jennifer H.

    May 5, 2018

    My mom is amazing. I have two sons who both have Autism. She helps me in so many ways but the biggest gift she gives me is hope. She truly believes that my boys are capable of anything, even when I get frustrated and down. She has always been there for people. She cared for my uncle who had diabetes. He went into kidney failure and she donated a kidney to him. She took care of my grandmother who had dementia. She gives and gives. She inspired me to be a social worker.

  • Cal P Shummon

    May 8, 2018

    MY MOTHER…Barbara Louis Cappozzello Shummon’s Connection to The Supreme Architect of the Universe