In this Washington Post feature, women across generations reflect on how their lives differ from their mothers’.

A look ahead to some of tomorrow’s top talkers from Washington Post reporters and columnists who know the topics best.

UKRAINE REFERENDUM: As Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine move ahead with plans for an independence referendum on Sunday, Foreign Correspondent Simon Denyer reports that questions remain about what a vote would ultimately mean for the country. New polling data shows the vote may not be what the majority of Ukrainians want. Given all the conflict and unrest in that region, it’s worth remembering how much Russia’s military relies on Ukraine. Plus, France’s foreign minister tells Lally Weymouth, ‘We should not go to war with Russia.’

MOTHER’S DAY REFLECTIONS: Women across all generations tell The Post why their lives differ from their mothers’, particularly in the professional space. Read stories from Grammy-award winning artist Mýa; Rabbi Shira Stutman from Sixth & I Historic Synagogue; D.C. police chief Cathy L. Lanier; Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.);  Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to Obama, and others. Contributor Katherine Boyle also recalls a time she went to Paris Fashion Week in thrifted clothing with her mom. Follow On Parenting for more.

NSA LAWSUIT: The lawyer who launched hundreds of lawsuits against federal agencies, White House officials, Cabinet secretaries, judges, journalists, former colleagues, foreign governments, dictators, presidents, is now challenging the National Security Agency’s program of collecting records of domestic telephone calls. “His past suits were trying to settle political differences in the court system,” says former Clinton adviser James Carville. “It just never went anywhere, other than having to sit through endless depositions with no particular point to them.” And yet, Klayman, an avowed conservative, delights in defying his own tribe, too, writes David Montgomery in The Washington Post Magazine.

NFL DRAFT COMMENTARY:  In Sunday’s Outlook section, pro sports agent Donald H. Yee says we should blame team execs—not players—when top draft picks don’t perform. Jonathan Capehart urges the NFL to draft Michael Sam to be the first openly gay professional football player. Follow The Insider for continuing analysis and the latest picks in 2014 Draft Tracker.