In recent years, I found myself introduced to a vibrant, bold, passionate and eclectic group of women.
If only I could invite them to my home for conversation. But that’s an event for another world; another time. Their audible prophetic voices on this earth have ceased but their legacies live on. Their words and zeal for transformation on this earth come alive through documentation of those who lived in their presence.
I imagine a party at my home in which I am honored to hear the stories of these women who inspire me. So many questions would compete to pour from my mouth.
Who inspired you?
What circumstance rooted your such passion?
How did you find strength to push through resistance?
Tell me about your childhood
When did you first awaken to your calling?
Someday, I hope to engage with them face to face. For now, they speak to me through literature. Though we do not share time together here, I find them encouraging me to pursue justice for all-through action and sharing stories.
My book shelf of guests encourage me; their stories speak to my soul:
Dorthea Dix-reformer for treatment of mental illness,
Elizabeth Fry-prison reformer
Hannah Moore-writer, abolitionist and reformer
Louisa May Alcott-abolitionist and writer
Jane Austen-writer whose writing briliiantly turned the tables of cultural perceptions of marital roles
Sarah Grimke-abolitionist who came from a slave-holding family. Later advocated for racial and gender equality
This world bears witness to their lives. How blessed are we?
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