I was struck by this recent post my Maggi Dawn. And as I looked through her lists and on my bookshelves I offered a prayer of thanks for the female theologians that have so enriched my life and journey into a richer and deeper humanity.
Here’s an excerpt from Maggi’s post:
“…As I set out on my PhD studies a few years ago, with my first degree behind me, I began to get calls from publishers asking me to write about women in theology, feminist theology, what is it like to be a woman and a theologian. I took these very flattering letters along to my supervisor, herself a seasoned writer and very fine theologian. "You have a choice," she said. "You can write about women's issues as they relate to theology, and that is a fine thing to do. Or you can just carry on doing theology in your area of interest. But you can't do both."
"Why not?" I asked.
I never forgot her reply: "I've seen so many women start out with such promise," she said. "Then they are asked to write about being a woman, about being a feminist, and all that stuff. They spend so much time on that, their real area of interest is swamped, and then they don't do so well on their first call. Then guess what happens? - Men, behind closed doors, say to one another - 'told you so! Women can't cut it in theology!' So you choose: read Coleridge, or read feminism; do one well, but don't do both of them badly."…”
You’ll find her complete post and very comprehensive lists here.