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To honor Mother’s Day this year, we want to share with you a compelling collection of empowering quotes from mothers we have featured in previous blogs.
These brave women tell their stories publicly to make a difference for the better.
Their stories are all different, but their driving force is the same: protecting children, theirs and others, from the abuses and dangerous ideologies that they themselves have survived or have some experience of.
Their voices remind us that even when progress is slow and times are hard, we must keep fighting—there is hope.
To start off, though, here is a quote from our Founder Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s ‘Letter to My Unborn Daughter’ (the entirety of which can be found in her 2010 book Nomad) that we think perfectly encapsulates the spirit of love and motherhood that shines through the quotes below:
“Life holds so much promise for you. Please take it with both your little hands, and live it well. Live, laugh, love, and give back with a broad grin.”
Happy Mother’s Day!