On Mother's Day 2022 we salute iconic women, among the millions whose unquantifiable efforts and selfless contributions elevate them to the status of superheroes in their own right.
Few people understand the finer points of balance in a world obsessed with achieving it. A mother’s love is the fuel that keeps the world turning in the never-ending pursuit of striking a balance between one’s dreams and facing future challenges.
No mother is ordinary; they are all superheroes. Then there are the superheroes who are born to bring hope to the entire world while proudly wearing the title of a mother alongside their other responsibilities. From the coal mines to the corporate boardroom, from the political podium to the kitchen stove, mothers have outperformed in every role they have taken on.
We have chosen a few trailblazing mothers who, regardless of their role or location in the world, have given hope to the entire human civilisation.
Mary Kom : Dealing a savage blow to the odds stacked against her
If Rocky had been played by a woman, then Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, popularly known as Mary Kom, would be the star. The Indian Olympic fighter is also the only woman to make it six times winning a record of World Amateur Boxing Championship, and has been felicitated with a whole host of awards, among which the Padma Bhushan is one. She is a mother of three, who continued to win titles giving hope that the road to one’s dream doesn’t end after motherhood. According to reports, Mary Kom has a net worth of around $1 billion.
Michelle Obama: A leader who continues to inspire
The legacy of President Barack Obama is shared by his better half, the former First Lady Michelle Obama, who continues to inspire the world. Breaking stereotypes by being the first African-American woman to be the First Lady of the most powerful nation, she is an Ivy League graduate and a fearless leader giving inspiration to millions of young and adolescent girls around the world. A mother of two, the former First lady has a net worth of around $70 million and owns Higher Ground Productions. Her legacy includes several chart-busting books detailing her journey.
J K Rowling: The one who infused magic in the world
What could be more iconic than a mother who celebrates motherhood in her books, only to change the world so drastically that it spawned an industry? J K Rowling maintains that the entire series of Harry Potter is dedicated to her mother. OBE Joanne Rowling, a mother of three, never stopped dreaming and continued to keep her dream alive through her stories to build an empire, nay, an industry around the world of magicians and the magical world, despite her harsh past. Her current net worth is $1 billion.
Arundhati Bhattacharya: A role model for Indian mothers
She is truly indomitable, having gone from being a retired Indian banker to leading the world’s most popular cloud-based platform Salesforce. She was recently named the 25th most influential woman. Arundhati has a net worth of around $1.5 billion after working in one of the world’s most prestigious banks.
Falguni Nayyar: Self-made billionaire
Among the numerous unicorns scorching the stock market was none other than the beauty and makeup startup Nykaa. Falguni Nayyar’s story instils hope in the hearts of bright young Indian women and men. The woman in charge of the $13.5 billion-dollar company is not only a mother, but also the founder of India’s first unicorn startup.
Aside from these notable women, Mother’s Day belongs not only to women who have inspired millions by appearing in the news, but also to the women with whom we work. Any woman, or even a man, or a transgender individual, young and old who has taken on the role of the caregiver for children of tomorrow, is an icon giving hope for a better future, and fulfilling their dreams.