Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Mother's Day Countdown 2022 Midweek 9 Famous Mothers


She was born in 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina where her father was instrumental in encouraging her to continue her education. And she did. She went to Spelman College, as well as Yale. Her academic achievements awarded her a scholarship that took her to France, Switzerland and Russia.

As soon as Marian Wright Edelman arrived home in the 1960s, she plunged into the Civil Rights Movement. That got her arrested, which spurred her to go to Yale and study law. She took that education and became the first African American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar, and she went to work with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Mississippi where she focused on the racial issues of the 1960s.

She was elected as the first Black woman on the board of trustees at Yale, and she was influential with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hillary Clinton.

She met and married Peter Edelman in 1967. He was the assistant to Robert F. Kennedy.

Marian was the mother of three children, but three was not enough for her. She founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973, so she could be a voice for poor and disabled children. She worked to get congress to overhaul the foster care system and advocated for youth pregnancy prevention.

She is the author of numerous books and many have a focus on the importance of children’s rights.

The Edelman children have gone on to advance their mother’s cause. One is an educational administrator; one is an education advocate and founded Stand for Children, and one is an Academy Award winning documentary producer who got his award for O.J.: Made in America.

Marian’s words should ring louder today than at any other time: “We must reject any leaders who for any reason play political football with our children’s lives and our nation’s future."

Here are some great gift ideas for your Mom, Grandmom, Auntie and anyone else you honor as Mother from some very talented handmade artists. 

Hearts And Swirls Wood Wall Art Handmade From Oak Wood

Kevs Krafts

Vintage Rose Flower Gift Tags – Set of 12

Adore by Nat

Artisan Lampwork Floral Heart Pendant Necklace Onyx Glass Beads w Crystals

Magdalene Jewels

Pink Copper Bronze Heart Earrings

Victorian Style Treasures

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 8x10 or 11 x 15 watercolor print Tampa Florida Historic print


Crystal Heart Earrings


Love My Dogs Necklace, Ceramic Fluorite Amethyst Dog Handmade Jewelry

Shadow Dog Designs 

Dark Red and Pink Crystal Heart Earrings With Sterling Silver Ear Wires

The Singing Beader

Red Heart Earrings for Women Dangle with Silvertone Leverback

Blue Morning Expressions

Don't see what you're looking for?

Here are some more places to shop handmade from these artists:

If you have something special in mind for Mom, then ask one of the artists on this page to bring your vision to life with a custom work of art just for Mom. 

I hope you enjoyed our famous mothers series. It was not easy to write because I didn't want to focus on the usual suspects like Gwyneth and Blythe or Goldie and Kate. I wanted to find women who made an impact with both fists and stomped their feet in case you weren't listening. I think I found them. 

Happy shopping,
Julie and Little Harry


  1. Wow! Hard to believe this is the last Mother's Day mid-week blog for 2022. As always, you and Harry outdid yourselves on interesting posts. I, too, love the "play political football" quote by the wonderful Marian Edelman. Such an inspirational woman (and mom). Love all the heart picks, as well - perfect for Mom on her day. Many thanks for including my necklace! Will share the blog all around and pin and schedule tweets for all the items. Seamus says "WOOF!" to Harry (translates to "May the 4th be with you . . . with LOTS of treats!). Thanks, again, for all you do.

  2. A big thank you Julie for all the time you dedicate to the Mother's Day Countdown. It really helps to get our handmade goods exposure and sales. I enjoyed reading about interesting famous women who have worked hard to make this a better world. Thank you for including my red and pink crystal heart earrings in today's midweek post. Shared each and shared your blog.

  3. Thank you Julie for once again bringing to light another fascinating "Mother"! Thank you for all the work you have put in each week to feature so many beautiful Mother's Day Gifts! Thank you for including my Lampwork Heart Pendant in this week's collection!

  4. Julie, thank you for sharing another amazing woman (and Mom!). Very inspiring. Thanks again for hosting Mother's Day Countdown 2022. I truly enjoyed and thankful to be able to participate. Thanks for including vintage rose flower gift tags.

  5. Julie, thanks for writing another great Mother's Day post and including my Red Crystal Heart earrings. Your hard work is appreciating. Pinned to Mothers Day gifts and will tweet.