Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month. Congress had authorized a Women’s History week beginning in 1981 and later the National Women’s History Project petitioned for a longer period of time. Women’s History Month became a national celebration in 1987.

While many women have made a mark in history, it is often ignored.  The cultural tendency is to admire men’s achievements and to diminish women’s contributions.   This is a legacy of sexism.  Women are socialized to stay in a complementary role to men.  Female leadership is type of oxymoron.  Society is changing but social change and recompence is difficult and slow.  Much of women’s story still needs to be told.

During these 31 days, the Dominican Center will feature individual women.  The list will not attempt to be all inclusive, rather it will feature individuals who gifted the world with wise words, just actions, and deep holiness.

Women's History Month

Dorothy Mae Stang

March 15, 2019
Dorothy Mae Stang (1931-2005) was an American-born Brazilian member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She was martyred in the Amazon Basin because of her efforts for the poor and the environment. The Amazon is an incredible natural resource. Dorothy was called the “Angel of the Amazon”....
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Women's History Month

Sojourner Truth

March 7, 2019
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was one of twelve children. She was a slave until 1826 when she escaped to freedom. In 1857 Truth moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, where she joined other Michigan abolitionists. She labored for the recognition of African Americans as equal citizens. Truth died on November 26, 1883....
Women's History Month

Esther “Etty” Hillesum

March 2, 2019
During women’s history month we celebrate the memory of Esther "Etty" Hillesum. Etty was born on January 15,1914 in the Netherlands. She died in Auschwitz on November 30,1943. She was a young Jewish woman whose writings give us insights into her life and growth against the backdrop of war. ...