Today is Mothers’ Day and it makes me swell up with pride.
First and foremost, I think of the mother of my own children. She has done an incredible job and the proof is in the pudding when I look at how my kids turned out.
I am so proud of my three daughters and my son, all of whom have worked incredibly hard and done so much to contribute to society.
They are everything a parent hopes for.
But I am also proud of this country, which is a place where women can celebrate their importance to humanity not only by being a mother, but by being a career woman as well if they so choose.
Because they have the freedom to live their own independent lives.
In many other countries, sadly, women are denied rights and treated in an incredibly abusive manner. In these nations, women are not just treated as second class citizens; they are treated like property.
Just by living their everyday lives, women in America are showing the world loud and clear just how much freedom they have gained in such a short time here in the United States, and just how proud they are to be able to do the exact same job as men.
Equality has always been the goal, and while reasonable minds can disagree over specific sex-based issues, it cannot be denied just how much progress women have made as a whole in the past few decades.
So much progress, in fact, that many women now earn more money than their husbands.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 38% of women are now the primary breadwinners in their households, a massive increase from three decades ago, when that number was under 20%.
A great deal of those women balance work roles with motherhood which is a phenomenal feat.
Being a mother is the toughest job in the world and to work a full-time job on top of that is awe-inspiring.
That is not to say that exclusively being a mother is not an incredibly difficult task as well.
There is no CEO on earth who has a more important or demanding occupation than that of a full-time mom.
It is on this day that we celebrate that act and honor the women who have done so much to ensure that every generation is raised well and has the tools to lead a successful and productive life while providing all the love in the world in the process.
So, on this day, make sure you honor all of the mothers in your life. Because there is nobody on the planet more deserving of being honored.