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4 unconventional moms…and how they changed the world

Not every mom can be like June Cleaver, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In honor of our not-so average mamas, we found some other unconventional moms of our own and paired them with some fun Poketo goodies. Here’s what we came up with:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
The why: Younger sister of President Kennedy, Eunice founded the Special Olympics, the athletic competition for the mentally disabled that eventually erased much of the social stigma that accompanied such disabilities.

The note: Daughter Maria Shriver wrote, “You once said you wished everyone could have a daughter named Maria. I wish everyone could have a mother named Eunice. Actually so many have. You mothered a family and a movement.”

The goods: Colorful and complicated, the Sound of Light print by PCP is the epitome of a woman who was bright, loving and generous.

Lillian Moller Gilbreth
The why: Meet the first career woman. Often called the “mother of modern management,” Lillian combined career with home life with much success. She’s the recipient of more than a dozen honorary degrees and served as consultant to five government councils. Did we also mention her 12 children? She was the inspiration for the movie Cheaper By the Dozen.

The goods: Minimal and clean in design, Collette satchels are compact yet versatile. Wear it as an over the shoulder purse or carry it as a clutch. Perfect for a woman with a very, very busy schedule.

Joan Feynman
The why: In the 1960s, women in science was almost unheard of. We found Joan in this touching article written by her son and Popular Science News Editor Charles Hirshberg. She is best known for developing a statistical model to calculate the number of high-energy particles likely to hit a spacecraft over its lifetime, and for her method of predicting sun spot cycles. Both are still used today.

The note: Charles writes, “To become a scientist is hard enough. But to become one while running a gauntlet of lies, insults, mockeries, and disapproval-this was what my mother had to do. If such treatment is unthinkable (or, at least, unusual) today, it is largely because my mother and other female scientists of her generation proved equal to every obstacle thrown in their way.”

The goods: Made from 100% vintage leather sofa, this two-toned patent leather tote in green and cream has been through a lot yet still comes out looking fantastic. This bag’s also big enough to fit your laptop plus all other daily needs. Handcrafted, one of one, there is no other bag like this in the world.

Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro
The why: President Obama’s mother. Nuff said. A white woman from Kansas, she’s widely known to be the parent that most shaped our current president. After the relationship with Obama’s natural father ended, she married an Indonesian, moved to Jakarta and became an anthropologist. She worked for the Ford Foundation, championed women’s work and helped bring microcredit to the world’s poor.

The note: In the preface to his book, “Dreams From My Father,” Obama wrote: “I know that she was the kindest, most generous spirit I have ever known, and that what is best in me I owe to her.”

The goods: Why be round like everyone else? Shaped in an unusual hexagon, these sophisticated and understated watches are simple in design and unquestionably classic in style.

Know of any more exceptional moms? Perhaps yours? If you have story, please share it with us in the comments below!

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