Definition of the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world in US English:

the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

phrase

proverb
  • The person who raises a child determines the character of that child and so influences the type of society that the next generation will create.

    • ‘The answers she provides shed light in fascinating ways on the penetration of science and politics into intimate, changing relations between mother and child, adding richly to the "hand that rocks the cradle" genre of recent socio-historical interest.’
    • ‘A future leader of the women's movement said: "Educate your women and the nation will take care of itself, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."’
    • ‘"Mothers," she says, "however they choose to bring up their children, should be united in one thing: that the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the the world."’
    • ‘They say the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world; in my mother's case this seemed to be true.’
    • ‘One ladies' football club's annual meeting recently voted eleven people into eight positions, yet only one position went to a woman; the hand that rocks the cradle and all that, but seemingly they rely on the men to administer their Gaelic football.’
    • ‘I decided that as I had four children, I would multiply my skills by four, thus quadrupling my influence in the corporate world; after all, "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world".’