Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin has a habit of making history.
Hudson-Wilkin has overcome poverty, racism, sexism, and tradition to become a high-profile minister, trailblazer, and advocate. Born into poverty in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Hudson-Wilkin was raised by her father and aunt in Jamaica, but eventually moved to the UK where she pursued a career as a minister. Some highlights of her ministry include:
In 1994, the first year the Church of England ordained women to the priesthood, she was ordained.
In 2000, she became the priest of a parish in Hackney (an impoverished area of inner-city London). She was the first woman and the first person of color to lead this parish.
In 2007, she became chaplain to the Queen of England. She is the first woman of color to hold this position....Read more
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1811. An accomplished writer from a young age, Harriet decided early on that she wanted to use writing to make her voice heard and provide income for her family, especially since she was the seventh of thirteen children and her mother passed away when Harriet was only five years old.
She studied and became a teacher at Harford Female Seminary while starting her publishing career, all before she married Calvin Stowe in 1832. Her big break came in 1851 when The National Era contracted her to “paint a word picture of slavery.” After Uncle Tom’s Cabin was released and energized many of the anti-slavery forces, she became a full-time writer. She published more...Read more
Amani Mustafa, a former Muslim, has spent much of her life on the run, facing abuse and neglect, all the while remaining faithful to God. As a teenager, her mom secretly became a Christian while living in a Muslim community in Egypt. Appalled by her mother’s decision, Amani looked for ways to contradict her mother’s newfound faith. Instead, her eyes were opened to the truth of God’s love. She, too, became a Christian.
The community she lived in soon found out about her mother’s faith and forced her to flee, but she was unable to take Amani with her. A short time later Amani’s father found her reading a Bible in private and he became abusive and threatening towards her. Because of this, Amani ran away for several years. Upon returning to the community, she w...Read more
As I sat down to write my first blog post for Women's History Month, I heard the devastating news that a wild, uncontainable fire was ripping through our beloved city of Cape Town. From the veranda of our house, we could see the flames burning li...
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, includi...
When I look at the Bible,
When I look at the global church
throughout history and today,
When I look at women and their ongoing
contribution to society in such a wide range
of ways, I have no doubt that God calls
During the eighteenth century, the United States was not a particularly welcoming place for women looking to speak their minds—especially not African American women looking to speak their minds. But that did not stop God from blessing strong wo...