Actress Melissa Leo understands something about patience. Over the course of her career, she has enjoyed a recurring role on the soap opera All My Children, received attention for her portrayal of Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street, and has been praised for roles in films such as 21 Grams. But she was 48 years old—an age when many actresses are experiencing difficulty scor...
Melissa Leo: Empathy for the “Great Art of Mothering”
Solo Mom Sisa Abauu Dauh El-Nemr, who lives in Luxor, Egypt, has been living as a man for more than four decades now. She’s worn men’s clothing and taken on rough jobs. She did it to take care of her daughter—her way.
Sisa Abauu Dauh El-Nemr: Caring for Her Daughter Meant Living as a Man
As feckless, pink Juicy tracksuit–wearing Mrs. George in the 2004 film Mean Girls, actress and comedian Amy Poehler mined comic gold with the line, “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.” The joke was, of course, that Mrs. George was a terrible mom, encouraging daughter Regina and friends to drink (but responsibly! at home!) as she yearned to be her teen’s best friend.
Amy Poehler: One Strong and Cool Solo Mom
Yoko Ono is one tough mother. Over the years, the Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter, and peace activist has been blamed for the breakup of the Beatles and accused of milking the death of her legendary husband, John Lennon. But she has persevered. As Beatles fans know, Ono became a Solo Mom in 1980 when Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in the archway of The Dakota, the home in New York ...
Yoko Ono: Comfortable in Her Own Skin
Katherine Johnson, pioneer of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), has been breaking down barriers all her life. The brilliant mathematician became the first black woman to desegregate West Virginia University in Morgantown and overcame patronizing attitudes about women and blacks to succeed as a pioneering mathematician at NASA (or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). She also ...
How Katherine Johnson Became a STEM Pioneer
French playwright and political activist Olympe de Gouges was born Marie Gouze in southern France. Though she believed herself to be the illegitimate daughter of Jean-Jacques Lefranc, the Marquis de Pompignan, he rejected her claims, and the repudiation may well have helped shape her worldview: in later years, de Gouges was a passionate defender of the rights of illegitimate children.