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Why do we need a special month to focus on women?

Women's History Month

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3:28


March ushers in “Women’s History Month.”  Why do we need a special month to focus on women?  Women’s history, their contributions, and voices should be integrated into all of our studies, and in every subject area.  Unfortunately, women’s roles, and women themselves have been marginalized in our society. There is too much legal, historical, and cultural evidence that supports that fact.  Carolynn Osiek argued for the need for “women’s studies,” because there is hope that someday all of women’s perspectives, and contributions would be a part of all study, however, she wrote, “that day is not now.”  

As a Christian community, we are committed to both the spirit and reality of Galatians 3:28.  In Christ, we are one, and are called to treat each other with equal regard, and respect.  We are intentional in centering the voices, experiences, and contributions of women throughout our course curriculum.  However, we also recognize the reality of sin that has caused the oppression and silencing of women throughout our history, and in so many societal, and church communities today.  Therefore, we are also intentional about centering women’s contributions in courses such as our “Women and Leadership” course, and calling all Christians to end violence against women in our “Gender Reconciliation” course.  This month let us reflect on and thank God for, the women in our histories, and the women in our lives today who offer profound wisdom, guidance, and leadership. 

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Elizabeth Gerhardt, ThD

Dr. Gerhardt’s earned degrees include Th.D., Boston University School of Theology, 2000; Masters of Sacred Theology (STM), Boston University School of Theology. She has an extensive background in the areas of theology, church history, and social ethics. Dr. Gerhardt’s research interests focus on the application of the theology of the cross to contemporary global justice issues and church response. Other topics of interest include Martin Luther’s theology of the cross, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ethics and theology, women in church history, spirituality and social justice, and global violence against women. Dr. Gerhardt’s most recent publication is titled, The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence against Women and Children (InterVarsity Press, 2014).