March 14, 2021
By Sister Maryanne Stevens, President, College of Saint Mary
As we celebrate Women’s History Month this March, we recall the many women who have inspired us through their courage. At College of Saint Mary, the women’s college where I work, our conference rooms are named after Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Florence Nightingale, Francis Warde and Mother Teresa, and our plan this year is to name an additional one after Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
In each room, there are sayings from these giants of social change, along with their pictures. These women and many like them have done amazing things throughout history against significant odds, and they are doing it still despite ongoing, sometimes immense, global gender inequity. Think Angela Merkel, Kamala Harris, Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, among others.
So it may come as a surprise that the women I want to focus on this month are not necessarily famous, but they, too, have inspired us because of their courage. They accomplished and are accomplishing tremendous things. They are our mothers. Just the sheer act of giving birth takes courage, as does adopting a child into one’s home. For some of us, these relationships have been tender and loving, while for others, fraught and challenging, but it is my hope that there was a women in each of our lives who, with great heart, carried the burden of helping us become the people we are today.Read More