10 Moms Who Embraced Their Passions, Inspired Change and Wrote About It

by Kristine Cannon
Mar 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Mothers wear so many hats. On top of their already consuming work schedule, they manage to be the housecleaner, the cheerleader, the guidance counselor, the chauffeur, the cook, the best friend and so much more.

Somehow, in addition to these many roles, they also find a way to foster change and make a difference in the world, whether that be by providing advice and support for other working mothers or pursuing their passion projects, these 10 inspiring works penned by mothers showcase not only their enviable mama skills, but also their fearless approach to embracing their passions and motherhood's unpredictable curveballs.

1 /10: 'We'

1/10 :'We'

We by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

Two mothers deliver a fierce feminist manifesto for women everywhere, and trust us, this one will leave you deeply inspired. From abandoning society-induced insecurities and destructive self-criticism to becoming a cheerleader for all the ladies in your life, We is the compulsory reading experience for women everywhere. Also, kudos to the esteemed actress and journalist who both turned their feminist devotion into our new favorite book. 

2 /10: 'Back To Work After Baby'

2/10 :'Back To Work After Baby'

Back to Work After Baby by Lori K. Mihalich-Levin

The adjustment from maternity leave to professional hustler isn’t always an easy one to make. But if you're a career woman, this foolproof guide is a necessary means to make your grand comeback a successful one. Brimming with empowerment on every page, this is the motherhood bible every ambitious ladder-climbing mama needs on her bookshelf. 

3 /10: 'The Bright Hour'

3/10 :'The Bright Hour'

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs 

If there is one lesson to learn in life, it's that we have no control over it. When mother of two Nina Riggs was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, she made the most of her fate by penning a memoir on what should be every person's greatest passion: life. Disarmingly raw and emotionally captivating with every word, The Bright Hour will inspire every mama to reach for the stars today and every day. 

4 /10: 'She Persisted'

4/10 :'She Persisted'

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

New mother and America's former first daughter takes her passion for women's empowerment to the next level in this stunning children's tale on never giving up. Whether your political beliefs fall in the blue, red or independent zones of the opinion spectrum, there is no denial that every girl (both big and little) will finish this book with a deeper understanding of the feminist movement and a stark refusal to ever be quiet. 

5 /10: 'Strong Is the New Pretty'

5/10 :'Strong Is the New Pretty'

Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker 

Having a daughter is the ultimate life-changing event for any woman, but having two was enough to inspire photographer Kate T. Parker to compile 175 photographs that capture the strength of girls and publish a stunning book about it. A deeply inspiring visual experience on every page that captures the confidence and leadership it takes to raise a strong woman, Strong is the New Pretty should be on the bookshelf of every mama and daughter. 

6 /10: 'Only Love Today'

6/10 :'Only Love Today'

Only Love Today by Rachel Macy Stafford

Need a few extra pointers on how to stress less? Every mama does, and this book goes over and beyond and offers mothers golden advice on how to treasure what truly matters (and block out the rest). Deliciously inspirational and necessary for every young mom, Only Love Today is an absolute must-read this spring.

7 /10: 'Navigating Life'

7/10 :'Navigating Life'

Navigating Life by Margaux Bergen

Truth: The universe’s sincerest of advice is passed on from mothers to daughters, and Navigating Life is a whole book's worth of it. Superfluous with heartbreakingly honest and refreshingly raw advice for every stage of life, there isn’t a single page that won’t leave you ready to conquer your dreams.  

8 /10: 'Rants in the Dark'

8/10 :'Rants in the Dark'

Rants in the Dark by Emily Writes

There is one thing every single mother needs in her life: more sleep. Rants in the Dark is a powerful memoir dedicated to inspiring sleep-deprived parents to survive the challenging moments spent in the wee hours of the morning. Words of wisdom from one of the parenting world’s most trusted bloggers (mama entrepreneur alert), this one is best enjoyed at midnight while desperately rocking your baby back to sleep. 

9 /10: 'How Not to Hate Your Husband'

9/10 :'How Not to Hate Your Husband'

How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn 

Because honestly, this is how we all feel, right? This hilarious self-help and memoir hybrid dives deep into the controversial ways our marriages change when the brood expands. Candid and uproariously true, How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids is a true reading treat that resulted from one mama's passion for making postpartum domestic life a success. 

10 /10: 'A Whole New You'

10/10 :'A Whole New You'

Whole New You by Tia Mowry

Mother and favorite childhood actress Tia Mowry shares a passion that goes beyond television: healthy, wholesome cooking. The Sister, Sister star delivers 100 delicious kid-friendly recipes and health advice that will help every mama realize that food is much more than calories — it's a source of beauty, wellness and happiness for your whole family.