Here's to Strong Women

Washington Irving, the 19th-century American author known for stories such as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow once wrote:

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

It’s a fitting echo as we welcome a month that—since recognized as a national holiday by Woodrow Wilson in 1914—celebrates mothers across the country and the maternal backbone of society on its second Sunday.

Here at Lifestyle Publications, we’re in the business of inspiring people—and this May, not only are we inspired by mothers, but by all the strong, influential women who call Tulsa home.

People so important deserve to be recognized, and that’s why we’ve dedicated this issue of Tulsa Lifestyle to all the moms, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, cousins and nieces who dissipate our clouds of darkness—and to some activities that can help them relax after they’re done being Superwoman.

We’ll show you a day in the life of a few impressive female entrepreneurs who have found time for success in the midst of an ever-busy schedule and a peek at some beautiful stores that may have the perfect Mother’s Day Gift. Plan a girls night out or a cooking night as mentioned in Parting Thoughts with a special friend and enjoy a delicious meal with a bottle of wine.

So, women of Tulsa, this one’s for you. May you find respite from your busy schedules in these pages and be as inspired as we were by the leading ladies all around you.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” -Unknown

Happy Mother’s Day and happy May, Tulsa.

We’ll see you around.

On the Cover: Wendy Drummond, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Photography by Chris Humphrey