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The Winner Is........

Clare of Assisi
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Clare of Assisi


Clare of Assisi is a proto-feminist of the 13th century. Part of the nobility of Assisi, she refused the dilemma of that time for women, and did not choose between married life or monastic life. Inspired by the example of another Assisiate, the famous Francis, she decided to join the movement he had started and started her own community of women. They wanted to be caring and loving sisters in their relationships. Clare herself was known to be a healer.



Jean Francois Godet-Calogeras, Professor of Franciscan Studies
General and Managing Editor, Franciscan Studies

The 2019 March Into Women's History bracket is here!

Here's what you need to do.......



Move your cursor to March Into Women's History in the navigation bar to see each of our four categories (or click below in the category list). Choose the category in which you would like to vote. Please be sure to vote in each category. There are amazing women in each area so be sure to read about the dynamic women in our bracket.

We generated the placements randomly, you may not like the placement of the women, but we wanted to make the process as fair as possible. After each group of two women, you have an opportunity to vote. If you would like to see the complete bracket, click here.  Share the information with your friends so that they may participate.


To read about each of the dynamic women in our 2019 bracket, please click the individual category page below or in the navigation bar. We chose an overall theme of ADVOCACY this year and then chose four different categories. The women are divided into the four categories and each category has a page on the website:

  • Women in Religion

  • Women in Health Care

  • Women in Education

  • Women in Social Justice

You may also view information using the University's social media accounts as well as BonaBRAVE (links on this Web site). #BigDance #Bonas #Womenshistorymonth

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Join the Conversation!​

Please join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook,  and the website. Tell us why you chose the women you did. Tell us who we’ve missed (there are so many extraordinary women in each category that there are bound to be some you would like to have seen). Tell us why Women’s History Month is so important. Share your thoughts.

Important Dates

We started our bracket with 64 women. We need to narrow that down to one woman! Please keep the following dates in mind:

  • Starting Monday, March 11, 2019 begin voting in the first round. You will have until midnight, March 14 to vote. We will narrow the field from 64 to 32.

  • March 15 we will announce the next round and start voting. We will narrow the field from 32 to 16.

  • The Sweet 16 will be announced on March 19.

  • March 21 we will announce the Elite 8 and start voting to narrow to our Final Four.

  • The Final Four will be announced on March 25. Voting will start to narrow the field to our final two women.

  • March 27 we will start voting for our final woman.

  • She will be announced on Thursday, March 28 at 8 a.m.



The following committee members helped make this project a success:

  • Joel Benington

  • Adam Brown

  • Alva Cellini

  • Kimberly DeSimone

  • Jennifer Eastman

  • Carol Fischer

  • Anne Foerst

  • Nichole Gonzalez

  • Rene Hauser

  • Pauline Hoffmann

  • Mary Rose Kubal

  • Anne Lee

  • Liam McGurl

  • Elizabeth Moore

  • Todd Palmer

  • Connie Perkins

  • Jennifer Pulver

  • Parker Suddeth

  • Caitlin Webster

“To tell a woman everything she may not do is to tell her what she can do.”

Spanish Proverb