Fictional Role Models for Moms

The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl celebrates Mother’s Day by welcoming guest blogger, author and GeekMom, Corrina Lawson.  She is going to share her favorite fictional role models for Moms.



Take it away Corrrina!

Fictional Role Models for Moms

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, one of the major characters turns out to be a father, while another bemoans the fact that he’ll never have the option of a normal life with a family.  That, along with Mother’s Daystarted me wondering how many Science/Fiction Fantasy stories feature a mother as a main character. The answer? 

Not nearly enough. 

It occurs to me that I’ve also been giving mothers the short end of the stick in my own superhero romance series, the Phoenix Institute. A father, Philip Drake, is the hero of Phoenix Legacy, but it wasn’t until book 4, Phoenix Inheritance, that I put a mother at the center of the story. It’s not surprising that this book, which features a hero and heroine fighting to save their son from an enhanced human, is also the most personal to me. 

So, in celebration of heroic moms everywhere, here are three of my favorite fictions mothers: 


1. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series. How to describe Cordelia? Intelligent, passionate, honorable, tough beyond measure and complicated. She’s a Betan from a logical society where women are equal who’s thrust into the heart of Barrayar’s backward society where a women’s main function is to produce male heirs. 

Cordelia and Aral Vorkosigan desperately want to raise happy and healthy children together but, unfortunately, the dangers of Barrayar make that impossible. After reading Barrayar, you’ll never view shopping quite the same way again. 


2. Sarah Connor of the Terminator series. Sarah is perhaps the first character who comes to mind connected with kick-ass moms. Sarah’s “You’re termindated, fucker,” is an iconic moment in movies. She’s appeared in two films of the series, is in another upcoming one, and was the main character of a television series, The Sarah Conner Chronicles, played by Lena Headey. Incidentally, Headey can now be seen as another protective mother on HBO’s Game of Thrones, as Cersei Lannister, while Emilia Clarke, who plays the Mother of Dragons on Game of Thrones, is the new Sarah in Terminator: Genesys.


3. Amanda Waller, the head of the Suicide Squad, DC Comics. Waller isn’t usually thought of as a mother and more as the tough-minded, get-it-done head of the secret government agency to keep metahumans in check. But she’s a mother of five who suffered the deaths of two of her children and her husband, and she raised the other three children on her own. Recent DC reboots has changed ‘the Wall’ somewhat, making her younger, skinnier, and sexier. But the Wall doesn’t need any of these cosmetic changes. Any woman who can chew out Batman is a force of nature. 

Here’s hoping that Viola Davis does the Wall proud in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. 

Thank you Corrina!

Corrina’s latest novel, Phoenix Inheritance, which received a 4 star review from RT Book Review, is available at, and other retailers.

You can learn more about Corrina by checking out the following:

Twitter as @CorrinaLawson



About Patty Hammond

I am a self proclaimed fangirl who is disguised as a mild mannered data analyst for a consulting firm. You can find me on Twitter as @pattybones2 or @Everyday_Fangrl

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