Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs

Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs Review

The author of Rejected Princesses returns with an inspiring, fully illustrated guide that brings together the fiercest mothers in history—real life matriarchs who gave everything to protect all they loved.

Mothers possess the "maternal instinct"—an innate fierceness that drives them to nurture, safeguard, fight, and sacrifice for the most important things that matter to them. For some mothers, it’s their children. For others, it’s artistic expression, invention, social cause, or even a nation that they helped to birth. In Tough Mothers, Jason Porath brings his wisdom and wit to bear on fifty fascinating matriarchs.

In concise, deeply researched vignettes, accompanied by charming illustrations, Porath illuminates these fearsome women, explores their lives, and pays tribute to their accomplishments. Here are famous women as well as lesser known figures from around the globe who have left their indelible mark as they changed the course of history, including:

The Mother Who Sued to Save Her Children from Slavery—Sojourner Truth
The Mother of Rock n’ Roll—Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The Mother of Holocaust Children—Irena Sendler
The Mothers of The Dominican Republic—The Mirabal Sisters
The Mother of Yemen’s Golden Age—Arwa al-Sulayhi
A celebration of motherhood and female achievement, Tough Mothers reminds us of the power of women to transform our lives and our world.


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  • Melissa

    For me the history felt dumbed down and the attempt at humor was very humorless....

  • Debbie

    I consider myself extremely lucky for stumbling over this book. I was staying with a friend for a few nights and noticed it on her coffee table. She had loved it and invited me to read while I was vis...

  • Nefertari

    Just as amazing and eye-opening as I'd hoped. Please, Porath, continue this tremendous series!!! These stories take a global perspective, finding women from across the globe and throughout history and...

  • Rachel Jackson

    I was excited to read Tough Mothers the follow-up to Jason Porath's successful first book, Rejected Princess, detailing the unknown lives badass women in history. I enjoyed this book overall too, but ...

  • Rhiannon Johnson

    Looking for a Mother's Day gift idea? Jason Porath's Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs (April 3, 2018 from Day Street/Harper Collins #partner) is "an inspiring, fully ...

  • Anna

    Wow. I'm so glad I preordered this. While some of the entries I had read before, there was a lot that was new in this book (I mean, they were all newly in print- previous entries had simply shown up o...

  • Ben Truong

    Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History's Mightiest Matriarchs by Jason Porath turns the seemingly stereotypical mothers as only passive, gentle, and loving on its head. Instead this book pays homag...

  • Skye

    I loved Rejected Princesses. I loved this. There are no other words for my feelings when it comes to this book. Finally, finally there are some great books out there on the many women in history! The ...

  • Lindsey

    "Your heroines were as messy and human as any of us. Love your edges and never let them go, dear reader."Equally as delightful as Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, an...

  • Steve

    This book was eccentric and not in a good way. The illustrations reminded me of the ValueTales books I had as a kid, stories that introduced children to important historical figures (Louis Pasteur, Ne...