A Look At The Women Who Made Us

pregnant woman, Mother's Day tribute
The women of She In The CLE believe in lifting other women up – and showing off their awesomeness. Today, we each took a moment to talk about the women who raised us, the moms who built us and the fierce females who paved the way. Without them, there would be no blog or platform. Happy Mother’s Day to our biggest supporters and strongest advocates!
Amy martin and her mom, Mother's Day tribute
My mom raised me along with two boys and for as long as I could remember – she pushed me to be fiercely independent. In front of my brothers and father her motto was always, “She can do anything you can do – and don’t ever think differently or treat her like she can’t.” And alone, when we had our private moments – she would share with me that I would have to work harder than my brothers ever would in life because I was a girl. She would always gently remind me that while that didn’t seem fair, it was the way of the world and I had to push myself daily to get what I wanted out of life – and above anything, I had to fight fiercely for what I wanted. Looking back now, I know I wouldn’t be where I was today if my mom didn’t constantly push me forward. She’s given me the strength and the confidence I need to be the best version of myself – and to be the mom I am today.
Love you, momma –Amy
Shibani Faehnle and her mom, Mother's Day tribute

My mom is one of the most optimistic people I know. She always sees the best in people and situations and has infectious enthusiasm for events – big and small. She celebrated my “birthday week” before birthday weeks were a thing. One of my favorite memories from my childhood is her baking a cake because I told her it was my teddy bear’s birthday. What can I say, I really wanted cake!

This enthusiasm extends to her support of all my crazy endeavors – pursuing tennis as a child, deciding to move to the US for college, getting married at 23, starting two businesses – she’s my greatest supporter and always believes I will be successful at anything. To quote Mindy Kaling, she “raised me with the sense of entitlement of a tall, blonde, white man.”

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! I love you!

Gabrielle Gentile and her mom, Mother's Day tribute
I can’t express the gratitude and respect I have for you as a woman and a mother into words. I can without a doubt say I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without you and the support and sacrifices you made for me in a world that was not as accepting of women when I was born. You are my motivation for everything I do. When I think about climbing the ladder and having a big career, you are the heart of that. This job…who I have become and who I strive to be… this is for you. For the sacrifices you made to make sure I had every opportunity and the confidence and self-esteem to be anything and everything. You gave up so much of yourself for your children, a sacrifice I can never repay. I am so grateful for you and love you more than I can ever express. I love you mom—you deserve the world. I hope to make you proud always and give you a little bit back of the everything you’ve given me.
Katelyn stiver, Mother's Day tribute
My mom is the reason I am who I am today. She taught  me be to be strong and independent, as well as generous and kind. She’s the person I go for advice because I know she’ll always tell me the right thing to do (even if it’s not always what I want to hear :)). Many people tell me how much I look, act and think like my mom — and that’s the best compliment I’ll ever get. I couldn’t be more proud to be her daughter.
Happy Mother’s Day! Love you, Mom!

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Amy Martin

Amy Martin is an avid conversationalist and insomniac (averages about four hours a night) who craves engagement online and off. She's often blogging or speaking about ways to develop your personal brand to companies and leaders in Cleveland. When she isn't focused on her day job, she is running her own consulting agency, Hyperthink! She is passionate about mentoring other women and hugging her kids (who are too old to appreciate the affection) and she resides in Westlake with her husband, who still cannot fully explain what she does for a living. Amy is usually smiling and has an awkward obsession with "Murder, She Wrote" and incredibly unrealistic mystery shows.

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  • Beautiful and sincere tributes Ladies. We all appreciate the love, encouragement and strength that only a mother can pass along to a daughter. Mother/Daughter that is an unmatched bond. Thank you for sharing

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