Barbara Hepworth and motherhood
I find Barbara Hepworth very inspiring for many reasons, one of which is that she broke into the male dominated world of art in her day by successfully winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. She studied there from 1921 until 1924. By 1929 she had given birth to her first son, Paul, and in 1934 her triplets, Rachel, Sarah and Simon, were born. Beautifully, her art was not diminished by becoming a mother and in so many ways it's evident that motherhood informed her art. She is quoted as saying, "...being a mother enriches an artist's life," and "...a woman artist is not deprived by cooking and having children, nor by nursing children with measles (even in triplicate) - one is in fact nourished by this rich life."
Unlike her male counterparts, Hepworth juggled life as a mother while managing her increasing success as a sculptor, to eventually become one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century.