founding mother (of something)

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founding mother (of something)

A woman who was instrumental in the creation or pioneering of something. The founding mother of what we now call child psychology, she believed that studying the patterns of children's thoughts and behaviors could provide insight into their motivations and determine how they develop into adults. The founding mother of the corporation is one of the few female billionaires in the world.
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She lauded the vision of the founding mothers of the committee, which was to complement the efforts of the government in critical areas that were women and children friendly.
Nursing elders from the different groups were presented with flowers, which was also a way of acknowledging the founding mothers of our specific nursing associations.
One of the "founding mothers," Olive Bowers, is even coming all the way from Newcastle, England, where she moved a few years back.
Linda Zani Thomas, mother of Marisa Thomas, is a community organizer and one of the Founding Mothers of Community Options, Inc.
Armed with the focus, determination and hope of our eleven founding mothers, the ASP leadership is keen on providing even more services to the growing number of families living with autism in the Philippines.
Fatima Jinnah was born on July 31, 1893 and was a dental surgeon, biographer, stateswoman and one of the leading founding mothers of modern-state of Pakistan and was also the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
On March 2, Emmy-award-winning journalist Roberts regaled a full-house audience with a presentation entitled "Founding and Running the Country: You'd Think Men Did It Alone." Drawing on research from her books Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, Roberts highlighted the role of women in early American history, such as Martha Washington's presence at all four Valley Forge winter camps during the Revolutionary War.
It takes a hugely vain person to snap up a picture of themselves kitted out as one of the founding mothers of Girl Power.
London, Oct 6 (ANI): Majority of founding mothers of a prized horse breed- the famed Thoroughbred breed-came from Europe and not Arabia, as was previously believed, found a new study.
Roberts, political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, adds to her previous volume Founding Mothers with this book, which traces the contributions of influential American women who shaped the country during the period 1797-1825, such as Abigail Adams, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, and Sacajawea.
As much as historians of women in the United States have challenged conventional narratives of the nation's past, they have also created narratives of their own, replete with Revolutionary women masquerading as soldiers and serving as Founding Mothers and republican mothers as well as the suffragists who issued the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments in 1848.
Will we meet this tremendous challenge in 2015 as did our founding mothers a hundred years ago?"
"I think of her as one of the founding mothers," says longtime LGBT civil rights leader Frank Kameny, who was friends with Gittings for over 45 years.
"We've done 1776, Founding Mothers and Freakonomics.