Discovering true womanhood

Sarah Hyatt, C.S.B.

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Citing the Bible’s statement in the first chapter of Genesis that God created man male and female, Sarah speaks of the importance of “seeing the equal value of men and women, and understanding the word ‘man’ no longer as just a gender term but as an all-inclusive term for the spiritual creation of God.” She explains that this different way of looking at these concepts can elevate how we think about men and women.

Sarah responds to questions about pressure on women to conform to stereotypes—as subservient to men, aggressive in business “like men,” or engaged in the “war of the sexes.” Defining the qualities that make up the real nature of both men and women, Sarah emphasizes each individual’s relation to God and ability to express these qualities, no matter what their gender might be. So women can be strong, brave, intelligent, and persistent even as men can be gentle, kind, loving, and thoughtful. This fast-moving chat also addresses issues like violence against women, ministering to women in prisons and homeless shelters, and dealing with menopause and sexual relations in marriage.

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