Sharon Stone's mother only studied till 8th grade. She later went on to complete her high school education, graduating with her daughter
Sharon Stone had spoken about her family's difficult past in an emotional speech at the inaugural of the Women’s Choice Awards in 2017, where she revealed that her mother had worked as a maid at just 9 years old to support herself.
Stone said in her speech, “She was given away to have a better life by being a maid in a local dentist’s home. I was the first girl in my family who got to go to college, but I didn’t finish. We fell in a lot of complicated times in my family and I left. I wanted to go to New York, I wanted to pursue my dreams.” Stone tearfully revealed that she shared a special moment with her mother later in life. “Both my mom and dad had 7th and 8th grade educations. And my dad went back to school and my mom went back to school for her high school education and she graduated with my graduating class," reported PEOPLE.
The actress then said that she learned from her mother the value of being independent, but also admitted that her mom never expressed her love throughout her childhood. “You know, my mother wasn’t sweet. She didn’t coddle me. She wasn’t very nice. She wasn’t very warm. She never really told me she loved me, and a couple of years ago when I said, ‘Mom, you never really let me lean on you,’ she said, ‘That’s right, I taught you to stand on your own two goddam feet. And for a long time, I felt bad about that. Until I really realized what it must have been like to be a 9-year-old maid," Stone explained.
The actress concluded her speech at the time by encouraging women to trust their “intuition” and be grateful for the path that was paved for them by the women who came before. “I want you young ladies to think about that. I want you to think about all the women that came before you whose heads not only pounded on the glass ceiling, but whose teeth pounded on the dirt floor. You women are the creative force of this life. To the women who came before us, deep down in the dirt, head smashing the ceiling — now is the time," she said, according to PEOPLE.