In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national celebration. Did you know his daughters Margaret Woodrow Wilson (Goucher, 1904) and Jessie Woodrow Wilson Sayre (Goucher, 1905) were members of Gamma Phi Beta? This past Sunday, more than 100 years later, moms were celebrated across the country.

Whether you are the leader of a nation like President Wilson or the leader of your chapter, your mom likely played significant role in your leadership path. Leaders in their own right, our mothers’ influence and advice are not to be taken lightly. In honor of mother figures everywhere we’ve rounded up the best quotes about moms and motherhood from leaders across generations and experience.

George Washington, former U.S. President: “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State: “My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. We actually had an election every year and I always won. I’m an only child, and I could count on my mother’s vote.”

Michael Jordan, basketball great: “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.”

Lady Gaga, singer/songwriter: “Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.”

Barack Obama, U.S. President: “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20 and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue her own dreams, I think is a feat that is unmatched.”

Demi Lovato, singer/actress: “My mother is everything to me. She’s my anchor, she’s the person I go to when I need to talk to someone. She is an amazing woman.”

Booker T. Washington, educator and civil rights activist: “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” 

Mindy Kaling, actress/comedian: “I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn’t seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.”