". . .down from the sky world a woman fell, a divine person."
In its 1979 profile of Mary Lucas, Herstory asked "Could
there be any career more difficult for a woman to enter than one
dominated by males for nearly 2000 years?" Lucas, an ordained Anglican
minister, spoke eloquently of the personal hardship, admitting "she never
assumes now that anyone will be glad to see her, or will approve of her,"
adding "nobody wants to be different. It means being very lonely and
isolated." Nevertheless, Canadian society has benefitted from the work of
women from every denomination, committed to faith revealed through
community service. From the first calendar in 1974, Herstory has
documented the achievements of these women: nuns Marguerite
Bourgeoys (Herstory 1977) and Élisabeth
Bruyère (Herstory 1991); academic Kathie Storrie
(Herstory 1981) and Notokao Ada Muskego (Herstory
1979); ministers Joan McMurtry (Herstory 1979) and Sally
Boyle (Herstory 1990); and organizations like Canadian
Women and Religion (Herstory 1981), The Daughters of
Israel (Herstory 1991), and Canadian Girls in Training
(Herstory 1977). Despite the very obvious contributions of these
women, and the gradual evolution toward accepting the ordination of women
as ministers, the hope of a 1975 Herstory editorial remains:
Some day, all women may say of their church that it will: "welcome all
of me, my spirit, my intellect, my whole being; not just my body in the
fruits of my labour."
Christ was a true democrat. He was a believer in women; and
never in His life did He discriminate against them.
(Nellie McClung, 1916)