Editor’s Note: March is Women’s History Month. Several articles this month focus on the contributions of women in scripture and Christian history. We encourage you to learn more about women who have made or are making a difference in the world.
I attended a small women’s college, and that experience, more than anything else in my life, has given me a deep appreciation for the strength, courage, creativity, and compassion of women. I love Women’s History Month because it is a time when my social media feeds and the blogs I read regularly fill up with stories of women who have worked and are working to make our world a more honest, more just, more compassionate place. And I believe that in order to do this, we must first love ourselves and love those around us because it is from a place of love that honesty, justice, and compassion that we can make the greatest difference. Though I could write about any number of women who have modeled this way of living, Julian of Norwich has been, for me, one of the most significant voices in shaping my image and understanding of God and God’s love for the world.