Jovita Idár (1885–1946)

By Grace O’Malley. 

“Mexican children in Texas need an education…. There is no other means to do it but ourselves, so that we are not devalued and humiliated by the strangers who surround us.”

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“Working women know their rights and proudly rise to face the struggle. The hour of their degradation is past…. Women are no longer servants but rather the equals of men, companions to them.” 

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Thea Bowman (1937-1990)

By Grace O’Malley. 

I’ve blogged about the Catholic Church and its male-dominance, an experience I am well acquainted with. As a white woman, however, I have had the privilege of never feeling marginalized because of my race in the white-dominated Church. And although I strongly identify with writings of Mary Daly, the “radical” Catholic feminist, I do not want to make the mistake she made by neglecting to acknowledge the experiences and voices of women of color. In light of this, I’d like to dedicate our first #tbt a Catholic woman of color who encountered barriers and prejudices I never have.

Thea Bowman was an African-American Catholic nun, who in addition to be being a religious woman, was a scholar, speaker, and an activist for racial justice.

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