— My Mother Half

These 9 TV characters gave single moms the credit they deserve

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Being a mother is a hard job, especially if you’re doing it without a partner. With this important truth in mind, we picked out our favorite single mothers from TV and movies — in honor of all of the ladies who run the show on their own. Thanks for being awesome.

1Lorelai Gilmore

Lorelai gets a lot of flack for her childish nature and questionable parenting tactics, but that doesn’t mean she’s not one of our faves. The Gilmore Girls matriarch does motherhood in her own unique way, just like every mom should. She raised a brilliant and talented daughter, and worked hard to do so. She rocks.

2Miranda Hobbes

We love Sex in the City‘s Miranda Hobbes. Although she doesn’t remain a single mom, she raises her son Brady on her own for a few years, and tells her baby daddy she doesn’t need his help. Power move. She’s a career woman and a mom, and such a powerful character.

3Ashley Marin

Pretty Little Liars is definitely known for it’s complicated family matters. Hanna Marin’s mother, Ashley, is a divorcée who raises her daughter Hanna on her own. Though she engages in illicit activity before eventually buying and managing a hotel in town, she always does what’s best for her daughter — even if the situation is tricky. And she always looks confident AF.

4Meredith Grey

After the tragic death of Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith raises her three children on her own while balancing her career as a surgeon. Meredith experiences ups and downs like any mom, but learns how to parent on her own as the show progresses. She has her own flaws like any parent, but at the end of the day is an amazing example to her kids.

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