Celebrating Women’s History-HER Story in the Franciscan Way

Paul Keggington

March 01, 2008

Marianna by Marie Spartali StillmanSilver Lake College sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity is commemorating the public celebration of women’s history in this country which began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” in Sonoma County, CA. In 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-sponsored a joint Congressional resolution proclaiming a national Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the Elsie Martindale Hueffer by Madox Brownobservance to a month, and March was declared Women’s History Month.

Who were the women who most reflected God’s goodness to you? Who were the women who most inspired you? Describe a woman whose influence most nurtured your growth as a learner. Describe a woman who instilled values you hold to this day?

Portrait of Sister Minerva by Sofonisba AnquissolaReflect on these images:”Marianna” is a watercolor done by Marie Spartali Stillman 1867-1869; “Elsie Martindale Hueffer” is a pastel and pencil by Madox Brown 1895; “Portrait of Sister Minerva” is an oil by Sofonisba Anquissola 1559.

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