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Celebrating Moms Around the World

This Mother's Day, we sent the message below to our full email list lifting up the incredible moms in our programs who are making their communities a better place for all—and raising the next generation of changemakers at the same time. To make sure you don't miss updates like these, you can sign up for our email list here.

Hi everyone,

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s our privilege to honor some of the powerful moms who are making a difference while raising the next generation of leaders. Like so many, these women are driving change around the world while serving as inspirations at home.

Leaders like Veronica Crespin-Palmer, Dr. Mwansa Ketty Lubeya, and Ana Maria Gonzalez-Forero have picked up the baton of leadership from their own mothers and grandmothers and are now demonstrating that same love, patience, and tenacity to their own children.

In Colorado, Veronica, an Obama Fellow, is working to ensure that marginalized communities have access to a quality education.

A family of 4 takes a photo standing in open grass. A young boy with a deep medium skin tone and a blue button-up, a woman with a medium skin tone and a red dress, a young girl with a deep medium skin tone wearing a blue dress, and a man with a deep skin tone also wearing a blue button-up. Below the image, a text reads "Veronica Crespin-Palmer"
A text reads "I want to thank my mother and grandmothers for being powerful examples of working women. My mom was the first Latina vice president at her credit union and watching her break down those barriers was everything to me.                                                                                                                                                                    Children think if my mom can achieve this so can I. If my mom is working to change the world, so can I."

In Zambia, Africa Leader Dr. Mwansa Ketty Lubeya works as a gynecologist to treat cervical cancer and improve women’s health while caring for her five children.

A group photo of young kids and women with deep skin tones stands together as they take a picture in front of large green mountain rocks. Below the picture, a text reads "Dr. Mwansa 
Ketty Lubeya"
A white screen with text on it. It reads "Being a mom is a strength.
It's a reason to give.
I have these little people that I see, from day one, have so much hope and confidence in me. They believe in me and help push me forward.
Seeing my own mom's strength in raising eight children, getting a college education, and working seamlessly, made me realize that I don't have to put my career or family on hold to have both, but can have both going side by side."

And in Colombia, Obama Foundation Scholar Ana Maria Gonzalez-Forero works to ensure sustainable development for indigenous communities.

A young boy with a light skin tone and black hair wears a red shirt. Next to him is a woman with a light skin tone, blue hair, and glasses wearing business attire. Lastly, another woman with a light skin tone and red glasses wears a plaid shirt. The three of them stand in front of a historic building smiling. Below the image, a text reads "Ana Matia Gonzalez-Forero"
A photo of text that reads, "I hope that I embody the dreams, expectations, and values my three mother figures had for me, so that I may show my children." and "They were all a force of nature, who inspired what I do to address poverty and inequality in my country. But I'm especially fierce because of my grandmother who taught me to be fearless."

Veronica, Dr. Mwansa, Ana Maria, and countless moms across the globe are working tirelessly to create a safer, kinder, and more just world for their children to inherit. They show us that inspiration doesn’t just come from within—it’s also handed down through generations.

To those who we wouldn’t be here without,

Obama Foundation