30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com

30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working

We’ve all established balancing family and career is a work of art. These quotes from celebrity power-women show us that deep down, they are exactly like us. Mums that work.

We’ve got this, ladies!


Kate Winslet on women, mums and working Mumsthatwork.com“There’s something really empowering about going, “Hell, I can do this! I can do this all!” That’s the wonderful thing about mothers, you can because you must, and you just DO.” Kate Winslet

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Jennifer Lopez on women, mums and working Mumsthatwork.com“When I was on my own without the kids, I had no trouble. I worked day to night. Now I’m very different as I’m a working mum. Finding the right balance is just very difficult. Everything else had to take a back seat. I’m figuring it out as I go along and we’re doing just fine.” Jennifer  Lopez


Hilary Duff on women, mums and working Mumsthatwork.com“You’re very sleep-deprived. Sometimes you have a crying baby and you can’t do anything to get them to stop crying…you feel, as their mom, that you should be able to have all the answers and be able to take care of them so easily. But, babies don’t come with a manual and you don’t always know what’s going on. So, it’s easy to get frustrated and it’s easy to blame yourself – especially being sleep-deprived and on a hormonal roller coaster!” Hilary Duff


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. (I don’t. I love my job.) Mothers who stay at home are supposed to pretend they are bored and wish they were doing more corporate things. (They don’t. They love their job.)” Amy Poehler


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “If I wasn’t at work, I just wanted to stay home and party with my little man— and by ‘party’ I mean, of course, endless rounds of the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ Also, I like beer. And pizza. And, these two ingredients are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood.Olivia Wilde


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “The absolute [greatest] thing about being a parent is that every day is a fresh start. You always can say, ‘Today we’re going to try this!’ And, if it goes horribly, you can say, ‘Today we’re throwing that out, and we’re trying this!’ That’s part of what I like about being a mom in general.” Jennifer Garner


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I don’t always have a lot of energy, but my kids almost always revitalize me. Of course like any working mom, sometimes I’m guilt-ridden. I think I should be sitting down doing an educational computer game with Carrie or taking Ellie to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These kids are such sponges, and I should be taking advantage of that.” Katie Couric


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” Tina Fey


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “Sometimes, when I want to take on the world, I try to remember that it’s just as important to sit down and ask my son how he’s feeling or talk to him about life.” Angelina Jolie


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “Before, my career came first. All I had to think about was myself. Now my children prevail. It doesn’t mean my career is less important; I just have to position things differently.” Faith Hill


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I think it’s a false trade-off to say quality time vs. quantity – you have to have both.  So if you have long work hours like I did, how do you get rid of things in your life you don’t need in order to put that extra time into your children? You need much more sensitivity in the workplace to the challenges young women go through in trying to do two very difficult jobs well.” Hillary Clinton


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I wasn’t going to give up who I was before I had the baby. It’s important to stay true to that as an example — also for my son to find out what his goals are, what he’s passionate about doing, so it’s sort of leading by example in that sense. It’s a tough thing. I had a moment leaving him today to get ready for tonight of missing him, but every working mom goes through it. They know what it feels like.” Christina Aguilera


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “Being a working mother can be fraught with tension at certain times. I definitely relate to the frantic fear that you’re screwing up — of doing the wrong thing despite the best of intentions. I get up very early and get a lot of things done before my kids get up. And I compartmentalize and medicate myself on a daily basis. Not really! I don’t medicate. But I do get up early.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “Growing up in Los Angeles, I was surrounded by plenty of working moms, including my grandmother, a pediatrician, and my mother, a writer and producer. This seemed very natural to me. I just thought, “Well, that’s what moms do. They work and raise their kids.” I was brought up to believe I could do anything I wanted professionally and, of course, be a mother at the same time—but I’m finding that it’s complicated. It requires a lot of thought and planning, and I haven’t figured it out yet.” Maggie Gyllenhaal

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30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I find the time to do as many things as I can in the way that any other working mother does. My own mum, who had three kids aged under four, always found time for everybody and everything else.”  Myleene Klass


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “It’s a huge juggling act, when you are a working mother and looking after your family. Millions and millions of women around the world are doing this every day, but it’s not easy and yes, you feel guilty every time you walk out of the door to go to work.” Victoria Beckham


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I think [it’s] a global struggle and we, all women, are constantly trying to find a solution [between business and family]. I’m like any other working mother trying to make things work and dealing with this situation one day at a time. I have an amazing family and they’ve all been very supportive, my parents live only ten minutes away and my husband and his twin brother help me when I need it.” Nicole Richie


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “The first few months I thought, “How will I ever go back to work?” It felt impossible. [But now Rex] is doing his own thing – eating and sitting up. He feels like a little man. He’s less vulnerable, I’m less vulnerable. I can start doing all the things I used to do without feeling too much of that mother’s guilt. It’s a good place to be at.” Fearne Cotton

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30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I go work as hard as I can – then I go home and live my life.” Kate Hudson


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “[I manage] the same way everybody else does who has children and a job. You do the best you can! A lot of other things – like your social life – fall by the wayside.” Julianne Moore


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I think it helps if you’re passionate about the things you do. I love what I do for work but I always love being at home and being around the kids. Luckily I really love momentum and nothing provides that more than family.” Sophie Ellis Bextor


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “What I do now is that when I’m at work, I’m 100 percent focused on work. I return all my emails. I don’t just sit there and surf the Internet like before,” she told Fashion magazine. “And when I’m home, I would focus 100 percent on Duke and put the phone away…that way I would feel a little more of a balance.” Giuliana Rancic


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “We are honestly like any working couple with a family . . .You do the best you can. You make your child a priority and hope that you are able to do the things that matter to you, and if not, start figuring out how to make your child’s life the best.” Sarah Jessica Parker


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was the first employee at the company to become pregnant, so I helped the HR department develop the company’s maternity leave policy. This wasn’t the problem — I actually enjoyed it — but as I spoke about the policy with other employees, I kept running into the same preconceived notion (from both male and female employees): I should put my career on hold and spend more time at home once my baby was born. I remember feeling perplexed. Why would I be any less committed to my career than I was before I became a mother? I had always been an aggressive, ambitious woman; why would that change?” Penny Herscher, CEO


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I had been promoted at Newton from fund manager to CEO, and I was learning on the job, literally discovering what it meant to be a chief executive, while all my weekends were spent looking after my young children either in the loo or the kitchen. Looking back, I can’t believe I did it, because I felt exhausted most of the time, but I also recognise how important it was for my long-term career that I kept going and didn’t quit.” Helena Morrissey, CEO


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I feel like I will be the best mom I can be if I am a happy person. And for me, it makes me happy to go to work and do something, and [then] come home and be the mom. You keep your sanity first, and then save the baby.” Cheryl Hines


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “I am very fulfilled in my home life, and what films do for me is to create an ironclad structure that, in my life as a mom, does not exist. It is a shapeless blob of happy chaos– so it’s certainly nice to have that shape. Acting fulfills me in a creative way that has this myopic focus — and it gives me something to talk about at dinner. That can’t be underrated, really. A lot of the mom struggle in life is that everything happens within the four walls of the home, and it can lose its luster a little bit, maybe. You just have to bring it in from outside sometimes.” Julia Roberts


30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “After giving birth there’s a moment of rediscovery when you are making sure you still have goals and take care of yourself as a woman.That was something I struggled with – making sure I was still this strong woman and also making time for my child and balancing the two.” Beyonce Knowles

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30 Celebrity Power-Women On Motherhood & Working |MumsThatWork.com “If I’m feeling fulfilled and present and good about myself, then I’m going to be a much more patient, loving, understanding mother and wife. You have to fill your glass so that everyone can drink from it.” Gisele Bunchen

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