Mothers from Around the World Making Waves During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Mothers make society work. Many are amazing professionals, wise teachers and nurturing caretakers. They’re perhaps the closest thing we have to superheroes. So what do superheroes do in a time of crisis? They save the day!
Like millions of others, these incredible mothers are saving the day during this global COVID-19 pandemic. Whether they're working on the frontlines themselves, supporting others who do, or helping us all keep it together, these heroic mothers deserve a shoutout.
Megan Benjamin is the proud mother of three children, the eldest of whom is only nine years old. Although being a mother is a full-time job in itself, she also works the night shift. Her usual 12-hour shifts have crept up to 13 hours or more lately. Why?
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Megan Jessen was a kindergarten teacher and mother of two young daughters. Now, she has a much larger virtual classroom with 88,000 students. She began posting one-hour kindergarten classes to her public Facebook group for the benefit of her friends. Soon, a friend invited a friend, and on and on until her classroom roster grew exponentially.
Debbie Allen is a renowned dancer, actress, producer and all-around entertainer. She is also the mother of three successful children. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she used her talents to bring fun exercise and a welcome distraction to millions of people.
Angelina Friedman is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother to many descendants. She also happens to be 101 years old, and that's not even the most interesting thing about her. When Mrs. Friedman was a young child, she was born on an immigrant passengers' ship during a voyage from Italy to the United States. Later, she survived both cancer and COVID-19.
Liz Koto lives in a Detroit neighborhood that has plenty of sidewalks, and she understands her community's need for laughter during coronavirus lockdowns. That's why she posted a sign outside of her home asking neighbors to put on a show by doing their silliest walk as they pass by.
Many women dream of those first few moments when they can hold their firstborn child, but Iris Nolasco sacrificed that once-in-a-lifetime moment to keep her newborn daughter, Isabella, safe. In her third trimester, Nolasco contracted COVID-19.
Michelle Obama offers her calming voice to millions of children in a free read-along every Monday through PBS Kids’ social media profiles. During these live readings, Obama reads memorable children's books for kids across the country.
Pamela Orlando is a nurse and mother who passed away due to COVID-19. Before her death, she made a very thoughtful choice that could do untold good for coronavirus research. For nearly a month, she recorded a video diary of her symptoms.
Dr. Theresa Green
Dr. Theresa Green is a mother and emergency room physician. When her ex-husband petitioned for custody of their young daughter, she temporarily lost it over fears for the child's safety.
Zenobia Shepherd has recently suffered one of the worst pains a mother can experience: She lost her daughter, Leilani, to COVID-19. Leilani was a cashier in a grocery store, and her family believes she contracted the virus at work.
Kristen King is a nurse, mother and wife. Recently, one of her most important patients was one she likely never wished to care for: her own husband. After contracting COVID-19, he had a five-day hospital visit before he returned home to be cared for by his wife.
Christina Aguilera is not just an iconic entertainer, but also a caring mother and philanthropist. She recently used her celebrity status to promote The Shade Tree of Las Vegas, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.
Diana Berrent lives with her young children and immunocompromised husband. Although she developed a dry cough for several days, it nearly took an act of Congress for her to get tested for COVID-19.
Shatarra Williams is facing a tough situation that is unfortunately familiar to many mothers around the world right now. She recently became unemployed after everyone at her job was laid off due to COVID-19. Williams is a single mother of three young girls.
Ruth the Runner
Like countless other events, marathons across the world have been canceled due to the coronavirus. Runners in England have taken this opportunity to run in and around their homes to raise money for charity. One of them, Ruth, is 87 years old and self-isolating with her three adult children.
Serena Williams is a tennis legend and the mother of a beautiful baby girl. Since most countries are practicing social distancing, her slate of tennis matches for the next few months has been canceled. Williams, however, isn’t letting that hold her back.
Dr. Deborah Birx
Right now, so many mothers just want to hold their children close, but Dr. Deborah Birx is sacrificing time with her loved ones to lend her medical expertise to the fight against the coronavirus. Birx is a physician who has done extensive research in the field of HIV and AIDS immunology.
Brooke Thomas and her children lived in Williston, Vermont. Before most other schools shut down, schools in her area were already closed temporarily for a deep clean after a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19.
Maye Musk is Elon Musk's mom. Although she has a famous son, the 71-year-old model is famous in her own right. She’s currently using her celebrity status to raise money for jobless people in the fashion industry.
Dr. Anna Zimmerman
While parents are often more at risk from the coronavirus than their kids, even young kids sometimes end up catching it while their parents can only watch. Dr. Anna Zimmerman’s four-year-old son was diagnosed with COVID-19. While he is healthy today, he had to fight hard against the disease.
Lisa Jamieson is a mother of two, and she was inspired to help when she saw that healthcare workers in her area were making huge sacrifices with dwindling supplies. Since she is a talented baker, she decided to auction off a cake on a website called JustGiving to raise money for healthcare workers.
Eliza Burgess is the proud mother of Steven Burgess, a seven year old with a big heart. Her son was inspired by all of the sacrifices people in the medical community were making, and he wanted to help out. He decided to run a mini-marathon in his backyard to raise money.
Silvia Leroy is a nurse and mother of two. She was pregnant with her second child when the pandemic started, but she gave no thought to taking off from work. She worked at the hospital of an underserved community and felt compelled to keep helping.
Most mothers would go to any lengths to protect their children, and Fang Lulu is no exception. She lives in an area of China where lockdown precautions have been lifted, but she still wants her sons to have extra protection.
Krissy Hamilton is a supportive mother who is helping her innovative children make a difference. Her and her husband felt it was important for their children to understand the economic toll on people who cannot work from home, so they took special care to teach them about the struggles other people were facing.
Christianne Klein co-authored the book Anna and the Germ That Came to Visit with her mother, Helene van Sant-Klein, who is a nurse and family therapist. The book explains the coronavirus in simple terms that young children can understand.
Pink is a talented musician whose career has spanned decades, and she is also the mother of two beautiful children. The coronavirus has been a very personal experience for Pink, as both she and her three-year-old son contracted the virus.
Masks are a key piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that many essential workers are running out of. Organizations across the word, from hospitals to grocery stores, have called on the kindness of the public to help them protect employees by donating homemade masks.
Michelle Brassard is a mother of two who noticed that seniors in her community were unable to benefit from food banks and delivery services. Because of their vulnerability to the virus and restrictions on many senior residences, many seniors couldn’t safely get food.
Some people with developmental disabilities require visits from in-home caregivers. Needless to say, COVID-19 complicated the process of offering that aid. Brianna Donofrio, however, wouldn’t let a mere pandemic stop her from providing help to her community.