It's Mother's Day on Sunday when we celebrate the wonderful women who gave us life, nurture us, and support us through their unconditional love.
Throughout history, there have been - and continue to be - some marvelous mothers who not only have a profound influence on their own children but on a much wider scale.
So, as we look forward to remembering the contribution our own mothers have made to our lives on 11th March, I thought it might be time to consider some great mums who are also amazing ambassadors for womankind.
Mary Wollstonecraft 1759 - 1797
The 18th-century British writer was referred to as the mother of feminism and her most famous work, The Vindication and the Rights of Women - which argues for the equal status and education of women - has influenced generations of feminists. Mary died at the age of 38, just 11 days after giving birth to her second daughter...who would go on to become Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.
Marie Curie 1867 - 1934
Not only was Marie one of the very few eminent female scientists in the early 20th century, she was also the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize, and one of only four people to win two in her lifetime. And what's even more remarkable is that she did so while raising two daughters as a single mother after her husband died in an accident in 1906.
Irena Sendler 1910 - 2008
Mother-of-three Irena was a Polish employee at the Warsaw Social Welfare Department who smuggled almost 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. She gave the children false identification documents and placed them in convents, orphanages, and Christian homes. Although the Nazis arrested her, tortured her, and sentenced her to execution - she survived because the Gestapo was bribed - she never gave away the children's whereabouts.
Margaret Thatcher 1925 - 2013
Margaret Thatcher became the first female UK Prime Minister in 1979 and made history again when she went on to become the longest-serving British PM of the 20th century. She actually chose not to run as a political candidate in the 1955 general election because her twins were only two at the time. Whether you agree with The Iron Lady's politics or not, there is no denying she laid the groundwork for other women to climb the political ladder while raising two children.
J.K. Rowling 1965 -
The acclaimed author of the best-selling book series in history Harry Potter, which to date has sold over 500 million copies and counting, wrote the first four books as a single mother. In fact, when she wrote the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, she often chose to do so in Edinburgh cafés, accompanied by her then baby daughter Jessica.
Mother's Day is the perfect excuse for a celebration in an Early Years setting. Why not ask little ones to share with the other children why their mum is amazing during Circle Time? Or make a wall display with drawn pictures or photos of their mums accompanied by descriptive words chosen by the children expressing how fantastic they are.