17 Feminist Mother's Day Quotes

For many, Mother's Day is synonymous with brunch, scented candles, and greeting cards. But for others, the day goes beyond celebratory meals and gifts. It's an occasion to acknowledge the fight for gender equality. Whether you've become a mother yourself or simply love to shower the woman who raised you with all the praise she deserves, this is the perfect opportunity to honor, cherish, and proudly celebrate the journey of motherhood. So if you're looking for feminist Mother's Day quotes for 2017, there is no shortage when it comes to finding inspirational and meaningful messages.

If there's one thing I've learned from my own mother, it's a line I heard a million times growing up: say what you mean, and mean what you say. Much like her infamous saying, my mom instilled my sister and me with the feminist mindset of staying true to yourself, abiding by your deeply held convictions, and never shying away from boldly voicing your truth. At the heart of feminism lies a yearning for equality and empowerment. After all, isn't that what all mothers want for their children anyways? So if you're looking for some feminist Mother's Day quotes to put you in the spirit of things, check these out.


"I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars." — E. M. Forster



"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." — Maya Angelou


"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." — Oprah Winfrey



"I know how to do anything — I'm a mom." — Roseanne Barr


"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws." — Barbara Kingsolver


"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one." — Jill Churchill


"They are not kidding when they say that mothers are strong women. We need to be strong in more ways than our children will ever know." — M.B. Antevasin


“My mother never warned me not to do this or that for fear of being hurt. Of course I got hurt, but I was never afraid.” — Katherine Stinson


"Most mothers are instinctive philosophers." — Harriet Beecher Stowe



"There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother." — Sarah Josepha Hale


"My mother had handed down respect for the possibilities — and the will to grasp them." — Alice Walker


"We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong." — Laura Stavoe Harm


"Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are." — Cheryl Lacey Donovan


"This is what we do, my mother's life said. We find ourselves in the sacrifices we make." — Cammie McGovern


"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." Elaine Heffner


"Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it." — Gloria Steinem


"We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters' lengthening flight." — Letty Cottin Pogrebin