Since forever, Black women have been working mothers. Although it’s no easy feat, these resilient moms—media moguls, dynamic businesswomen, brand influencers, politicians and the like—meet the challenge with grace and determination to balance both.
In light of Mother’s Day on Sunday, scroll through these 11 bossed up ladies whose first and most important job is being their kids’ mom.
Hobson is the co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, one of the largest Black-owned investment firms. While running the corporation, the award-winning, high-powered businesswoman spends her time promoting financial literacy, scholastic achievement, and investor education while raising her daughter, Everest, alongside her husband and “Star Wars” filmmaker, George Lucas.
Marsha St. Hubert
As one of the senior vice presidents of marketing at Atlantic Records, St. Hubert deserves all the praise. She was named one of Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music for her role in breaking and marketing chart-topping artists like Lizzo and Cardi B. While the stylish exec slays Instagram and her boardroom gig, she prioritizes playtime with her son, Auguste. How’s that for a bossed up mom?
Bozoma Saint John
Some of the most top-tier brands have been graced by Saint John’s business savvy, including PepsiCo, Apple, and Uber. The trailblazing marketing and advertising guru is now the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor, one of the largest global talent and media companies, developing multimillion-dollar campaigns. Still, her greatest content is the adorable TikTok dances and sun-kissed flicks with her daughter, Lael.
What’s to love about Mattie James? Absolutely everything.
Wife and mom of three, the hard-working entrepreneur built her blogging hobby into a full-blown lifestyle influencer brand, teaching masterclasses to other rising business owners on how to create their own brands too. As she puts her everyday life with hubby Chris on display—from recipes to marriage—in particular, she always keeps it real about the real MVPs in her household, daughters Maizah Rose and Caliana Lily and son, Christian Melokhule.
Let’s be honest: There’s no publicist more powerful than Beyoncé’s. Yvette Noel-Schure may have the most awe-inspiring career in the music business. However, the Grenada-born powerhouse’s most high-ranking gig is being a down-to-earth, dance-loving mama of three (Michael, Micah, and Milan) and grandmother. One glance at her Insta proves she proudly balances her role as the “The Bey Keeper” with nurturing her ever-growing beautiful family legacy.
Valeisha Butterfield Jones
Butterfield Jones, who was recently named the first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of The Recording Academy, has been a trailblazing changemaker throughout her entire career. From WEEN co-founder to global head of inclusion at Google, the highly successful tech and politics exec works to drive change for underrepresented communities no matter her position. As CEO of her family, however, her sons Dillion and Dahntay, Jr. are her first priority.
As Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking, Thasunda Duckett has led, “Currency Conversations,” a powerfully beneficial campaign that focuses on increasing the financial literacy and health of our community. She also was one of the 16 women that inspired LeBron James’s first female Nike shoe.
Her meteoric strides in finance and culture have led her to be named the seventh most powerful woman in banking by American Banker. However, at home, she holds the title of “mom” to four beautiful kids.
Beauty entrepreneur, Raynell Steward, better known online as Supa Cent, sold over a million dollars in two hours during a Cyber Monday launch of her viral cosmetic line, The Crayon Case. Though running her booming business is a full-time job, the New Orleans native’s job as a mom to son Tre and daughter Leà is 24/7.
Kahlana Barfield Brown
Wearing her signature bright red lip, Kahlana is a beauty and fashion expert who climbed the executive ranks at InStyle magazine from intern to editor. Today, she works as a television correspondent and brand consultant, while tending to her greatest passions: her husband, Dwayne, and daughter, Dylan. (Baby #2 to debut this year!)
As the Congresswoman of Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District, Pressley is the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the commonwealth. Recently, she has introduced a new bill mapping out a $125 billion plan to help the smallest businesses affected by the pandemic, according to Vox.
There’s no doubt that several achievements for her work are in her near future. But her greatest honor is being a step-mom to her daughter, Cora.