49 GREAT MOMS IN HISTORY WHO MORE THAN LEFT THEIR MARK
19. Maya Angelou | Author, Civil Rights Activist, Poet (1928–2014)
Regarded as one of the most eloquent American writers of her time, Maya Angelou received more than 50 honorary degrees and was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts (2000) as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011). She became a single mother at just 16 years old after giving birth to her son Guy, which is why much of her writing reflects the motherhood experience, as well as the impacts of raising children. “Mothers have the ability to liberate by love or, by neglect, to imprison,” she once said. “They’re our first teachers; they are our first loves.”
Maya Angelou was portrayed by TV host, actress, and online personality Sinead de Vries of ThatsSoSinead.com.