These successful women are the only ones who can give solid advice on balancing a successful career while being a mother, time management, the art of saying “no” (or in Shonda Rhimes’ case, “yes”), and the need to own it and work it. These stylish moms are living proof that motherhood is just another notch on their belts.
We’re shouting out to these amazing moms who manage their careers with wisdom and composure, in celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday.
Start taking notes. Because they said so:
“For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.”— Michelle Obama
“I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work. I see them and I have this word in my head — respect. I also look to learn. I see these women and I think, ‘Yes, it can be balanced, it can all work out.”— Beyonce
“Trying to be Supermom is as futile as trying to be Perfect Mom. Not going to happen.”— Arianna Huffington
”Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported.” — Sheryl Sandberg, on her vision of success
“You can quit a job. I can’t quit being a mother. I’m a mother forever. Mothers are never off the clock, mothers are never on vacation. Being a mother redefines us, reinvents us, destroys and rebuilds us. Being a mother brings us face-to-face with ourselves as children, with our mothers as human beings, with our darkest fears of who we really are. Being a mother requires us to get it together or risk messing up another person forever.” — Shonda Rhimes, in Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
“There are women whose eyes I look into every time I get on a subway and I know they’re on their way to their second or third job of the day. That they have absolutely no support…[not] the financial resources needed to feel good about where they’re leaving their children that day to go to their second and third job. The idea that my life is challenging in any way…that anybody could find sympathy with, is ridiculous. I think the challenges mothers face in this country…are beyond anything I could ever comprehend. Those are the people who are to be admired and incredibly inspiring.” — Sarah Jessica Parker on Just Jenny
“I’ve been writing an ongoing letter to my children since they were born, full of recollections of their childhoods. I’ve filled two journals. It’s a great thing to do as a mother – you forget a lot as you go along, but reading over what you’ve written brings all the memories back.”— Tory Burch
“Don’t be scared and trust your instincts. And try not to miss anything and enjoy every minute of it.” — Rachel Zoe, with advice to new moms
“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” — Tina Fey
“You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you.” — Marissa Mayer
“Automate your life as much as possible — groceries, manicure appointments, diapers, etc. The less you have to think about the mundane, the more time you have to spend with your little one!” — Eva Chen, on the advice she would give to other mothers.
[Related: You Don’t Have To Be “Super Mom” To Find Work-Life Balance]