Below you will find the women in our Religion category along with a short bio and photo (if available).
Please vote for your favorite in each group. There are two groups of two.
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
A former slave, Sojourner Truth became an outspoken advocate for abolition, temperance, and civil and women’s rights in the nineteenth century. Her Civil War work earned her an invitation to meet President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.”