In 1967, Aretha Franklin, music diva and longtime friend of The Salvation Army, released the song “Respect.” It emerged as an “anthem” for women around the world.
The Queen of Soul, who passed away last year at 76, had altered the original lyrics to include actually spelling the word respect. “I thought I should spell it out because everyone needs respect. We all want it, regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity,” she said.
In a recent interview, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, the Salvation Army’s World Secretary for Women’s Ministries and World President of SA Scouts, Guides, and Guards, elaborated on the need to respect women. “All around the world, it’s the same in many ways. Respect is a big thing; women want to be respected,” she said.
In our next issue, we’ll honor Women’s History month with a story you’ll only read here; one that shares the testimonies of women who’ve successfully climbed the ladder in academia and have become presidents of Christian colleges. Colonel Janet Munn, principal of the Army’s College for Officer Training, is among them.
In an era of the “#MeToo” movement, we’ll explore how the Army continues to be a beacon of hope. Said Peddle, “To provide programs and resources to let women know they are loved and respected in the workplace, at home, and in society, I think is a huge issue.”
— Warren L. Maye, Editor in Chief