It’s time. Well, to be honest, it’s way past time. It’s time for women to speak with authority and skill from stages and platforms everywhere. And I’m not talking about women speaking to other women, as important and significant as that is, it’s time for women to be part of the main voice the whole Church is listening to.
In recent years, the uncovering of “hidden figures” in women’s history has been in vogue. But what excites me even more is how women in The Salvation Army have been making history in plain sight for more than 150 years. Women such as Catherine Booth, Evangeline Booth, Eliza Shirley, the donut girls of WW2, Mabel Broome, and Norma T. Roberts, to name just a few.
They lived long before Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month. They led and ministered openly when the need for women’s suffrage was an oppressive reality and presidential proclamations for them were a distant dream.
Since 1987, a proclamation is issued every year, which honors the achievements of American women. In the next SACONNECTS magazine, you’ll see what some women have done and are doing in The Salvation Army to advance the Kingdom of God. You’ll hear from author Diane Winston to international speaker Danielle Strickland to Lieutenant Olivia Munn on the challenges women face in the workforce and in ministry.
Join us as we delve into herstory and recognize the contributions women have made to History—Jesus Christ.
— Warren L. Maye, Editor in Chief