Mother of the Nation

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The term Mother of the Nation refers to a female leader or female politician who led her country to independence. She may also be a person who is highly honored by her country.

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The following women are still often called the "Mother" of their respective nations.

Name Nation Title (native) Title (translation) Notes
Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
Mother of the Nation of Bangladesh
 Bangladesh Jatira Maa (জাতীর মা) Mother of the Nation Wife of the Founder of Bangladesh, and current Mother of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.[1]
Adelaide Hoodless
Mother of the Nation of Canada
 Canada N/A Mother of the Nation A Canadian educational reformer and administrator who founded the international women's organization known as the Women's Institute. She is also credited with National Council of Women of Canada.
Sarojini Naidu
Mother of the Nation of India
(Nightingale of India)
 India In most Indian languages:
ISAT:Rāśhțramatā
Devanagari:राष्ट्रमाता
Mother of the Nation This title was not an official title and has no records in the National Archives of India. Indian constitution (Art. 18) prohibits the State from conferring any titles.[2]
Dame Whina Cooper
Mother of the Nation of New Zealand
 New Zealand Te Whaea o te Motu Mother of the Nation She was elected first president of the new Maori Women's Welfare League.
Miss. Fatima Jinnah
Mother of the Nation of Pakistan
 Pakistan Mādar-e Millat (مادرملت یعنی قوم کی ماں) & Khātūn-e Pākistān (Urdu: — "Lady of Pakistan") (خاتونِ پاکستان) Mother of the Nation/Leader of Pakistani Women Rights Stateswoman and Sister of the founder of Pakistan, leading member of the Muslim League and Campaigned for first Presidential elections of Pakistan in 1964, with the support of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.[3]
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Mother of the Nation of South Africa
 South Africa Moeder van die nasie Mother of the Nation Late Wife of First President of post-apartheid South Africa, A member of the (ANC) political party, she served on the ANC's National Executive Committee and headed its Women's League.[4]
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Mother of the Nation of Great Britain
 United Kingdom Late Mother of War Time Mother of the Nation, The Queen Mother First native Queen of Consort since the Tudor Times.
Abigail Smith Adams
Mother of the Nation of America
 United States First Lady Mother of the Nation. She is famous for her early advocacy of several divisive causes, including women’s rights, female education and the Abolition of slavery.

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  1. "Cabinet Pays Homage to Bangladesh's Founding President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman". New Age. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. "Constitution of India". Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department). GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF LAW AND JUSTICE (LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT). Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  3. Ahmed, Akbar S. (1997). Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity: The Search for Saladin. Routledge. p. 12. ISBN 0-415-14965-7. Retrieved 2016-09-14 – via The New York Times. Fatima is known as the Madr-e-Millat, Mother of the Nation, in Pakistan
  4. "Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18, For Freedom, Justice and Democracy". Un.org. Retrieved 2013-03-22.