Michael Daley a religion teacher at the Jesuit St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati offers a truly unique viewpoint on Our Lady.
More to the point, as a woman living in first-century Palestine, Miriam is struggling to survive a life marked by oppression. Economically she belongs to a peasant class which works the land with little compensation. Furthermore, given the people’s tax burden to Rome, Herod the Great and temple, it is quite burdensome. Politically, though, she retains the dangerous memory of the liberating story of Exodus; her homeland is occupied by a foreign power which cares little for the inhabitants and maintains control through violence. This will be illustrated most visibly in the death of her son by crucifixion.
Link (here) to read Michael Daley's full article entitled, The Catholic Moment: What keeps me Catholic-the real Mary at The Catholic Telegraph
Ten Reason has a good take on this subject (here)