In the early 1990s a group of U.S.-Russian archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old burial mound near the Kazakhstan border that included the graves of warrior women buried with their weapons. According to the April issue of Smithsonian, the women were unnaturally tall for their time. The graves are believed to be evidence of the Amazon warrior women in so many stories carried down since mid-sixth century B.C.
Today’s mother isn’t an Amazon warrior, but the ones who are able to truly raise good kids in this crazy world are no less heroic.
The U.S. Census Bureau released some statistics this week in honor of the Mother’s Day holiday. Some of those statistics included the following:
- 62.1 percent of women 16 to 50 who gave birth in the past year and are part of the labor force
- 29.5 percent of mothers who gave birth in the past 12 months have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- 84.6 percent have at least a high school diploma
- 10 million single mothers were living with children younger than 18 in 2013, up from 3.4 million in 1970
- 5.6 million is the number of custodial mothers who were due child support in 2011
- 24 percent of married-couple households with kids under 15 have stay-at-home mothers, up from 21 percent in 2000
I’m no Amazon warrior, but sometimes felt like a negotiator, taxi driver, maid and cook as a mom. Yet, of all the things I’ve done in my life, I am with no doubt more proud of being a mother than anything. I have two wonderful daughters that continue to amaze me daily.