"My mother used to draw on my lunch napkins when I was a kid, and I loved them so much, they were my favorite part of the day," Elderkin of Glocester, Rhode Island, told ABC News. "So when I had children of my own, drawing pictures and notes on their napkins was a no-brainer. I wish that I still had the ones that my mother drew for me, but they've gotten lost along the way."
The perfect idea finally dawned on her.
"I decided to draw her some pictures of strong, brave women with some of their more notable quotes," said Elderkin. "They weren't as cheerful or silly as my usual napkins, but it was important to me that she be reminded that she, herself, is strong and brave, and capable of weathering any storm."
As a mother, she wants her girls to feel they have role models and hope for their own futures.
Holden, 9, told her mom the pictures and quotes made her feel "proud to be a girl," which, Elderkin said, "is really the best reaction that any mother could hear from her daughter."
Her youngest daughter, Elsa, is only 2, but the proud mother said she’ll "absolutely be keeping the tradition alive with her" in regards to the napkin art.
More than anything, Elderkin wants both of her daughters "to see how many women have come before us to fight so fearlessly and tirelessly for the rights to equality. And never to doubt themselves, even when it feels like the rest of the world is telling them that they're not good enough," she said.
"I'll never stop fighting to make the world they live in a better place."