March is U.S. Women’s History Month. This honoring of American women officially dates back to 1981, when Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) co-sponsored a bill to set aside a week honoring U.S. women for their contributions to the nation. In 1989, Congress expanded the celebration to a full month.
Many may be unaware that there is a National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. This was established in 1969 and, as of 2010, 236 women are inductees. Nominated from all fields of life, they made significant contributions to the nation through outreach or impact beyond their own particular time and place. Among those in the hall are names one might expect: Anne Hutchinson, Abigail Adams, Dorothy Day, Willa Cather, Dorothea Dix, Helen Keller, Beverly Sills and Ruth Ginsberg. I am very pleased that at least one canonized saint is among the members: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. She is cited primarily for her contribution to education for immigrant families.
It occurs to me that we could have our own Benedictine Hall of Fame—strong, grace-filled women who are our role models and surely have made solid contributions to the Church and society in general. I would nominate for membership our community leaders who, in the late 1920s, courageously foresaw the need and carried through construction of the St. Cloud Hospital and also Sisters Lioba Braun and Philomena Ketten who helped found the White Earth Indian Mission. The list could be much longer, of course. Who would you include?
https://sbm.osb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/mainlogo.jpg00SaintBenedictMonasteryhttps://sbm.osb.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/mainlogo.jpgSaintBenedictMonastery2010-03-04 15:17:002018-02-06 16:39:23Women Hall of Famers
Click on the different category headings to find out more. You can also change some of your preferences. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer.
Essential Website Cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. You can check these in your browser security settings.
Google Analytics Cookies
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience.
If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here:
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Google reCaptcha Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds:
The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: