Prayer triumphs over inequality

When I lost my husband ten years ago, I was left with four children, ranging in age from three to twelve years. Among certain tribes in Africa, the husband's family has the right to take the deceased's children, and in this way become guardian of the family property. In most of these situations, the widow finds herself without recourse. In my own case, my in-laws went to court to ask for guardianship of the children, which they obtained. This, then, gave them control of all our assets.

Nobody believed I could raise my children alone. However, something I had read gave me encouragement. Speaking of women's rights, Mary Baker Eddy states that a woman "... should be allowed to collect her own wages, enter into business agreements, hold real estate, deposit funds, and own her children free from interference" (Science and Health, p. 63).

Integrity: being true to yourself
December 28, 1998

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