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Reese Witherspoon, actress The now 40-year-old actress had her first child, Ava, when she was just 23. Although Witherspoon had started modeling and acting at an early age, and appeared in some notable roles in films such as 'Election' and 'Pleasantville' in young adulthood, full movie-stardom struck after she became a mother, with the film 'Legally Blonde' in 2001.
Jessica Rey, swimsuit designer Although well-known as a Power Ranger in her younger days, Jessica Rey, 33, made her name after having kids, as founder of "Rey Swimwear, whose line of ethically sourced and Audrey Hepburn-inspired swimsuits exemplify beauty without being skimpy.
Candace Cameron Bure, TV host "Candace Cameron Bure" also had success long before her first baby at 22, as a child star in the ever-popular 'Full House.' But motherhood didn’t stand in the way for continuing — and expanding — her career as a co-host of 'The View,' a contestant on 'Dancing with the Stars,' and reviving her role as "D.J." on 'Fuller House.'
Juliette Kulda, real estate agent Kulda’s real estate career began with a desire to help out in her husband’s construction business. Today, with 10 kids and 13 years in the real estate business, Juliette Kulda was voted "#1 Favorite Real Estate Agent on the Coastside", by the Half Moon Bay Review Reader’s Choice Award, and in 2015 had successfully closed 61 Seller and Buyer Transactions — totaling approximately $56 million in sales volume.
Niki Taylor, super model If there’s an industry where having babies — at any age — can derail a career, it’s modeling, where your flat-tummy figure is your bread and butter. Of course, " Niki Taylor was already a veteran model when she had twins at 19," but her career never faltered. As her family continued to grow, so did her career, and she was able to maintain a strong presence in media, fashion design, and retail.
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times Becoming a mom at 29 may not seem all that daring, but in the 1980s, when Abramson was building her journalism career at Steven Brill’s start-up American Lawyer, having a baby before 35 was considered career-killing. “"That was a daring choice",” Abramson told Politico in an interview last year. “And it’s the happiest choice I made in my life, because now I’m reminded that jobs come and go, but your family is forever.”
Mary, the Mother of Jesus Although she never knew financial success, you’d be hard-pressed to find a mother who “succeeded” more than Mary. She may have carried and given birth to Jesus at a far younger (though, then, culturally appropriate) age than anyone on our list, but by loving, tending to, singing to, and praying with her boy Jesus, and later by following, praying for, and agonizing with her grown Son, Mary leaves the rest of us some pretty big shoes to fill.