International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women. While there are aspects of this day that have taken on a decidedly unbiblical tenor, such as redefining equality from a secular perspective and advocating for things such as abortion rights which are antithetical to a biblical worldview, nevertheless, today I do celebrate women—the rich tapestry of women in Christian history.

Since the genesis of the church, faithful women have sought to walk worthy of the gospel and advance God’s Kingdom. They have faced the mouths of lions under persecution, ministered to the forgotten and the outcasts, poured their energies into the next generation, courageously stared down the unknown as missionaries, penned great works full of faithful doctrine, and so much more.

Today I am thankful for the countless legacies of women who have gone before me, and I am reminded again just how thankful I am for Jesus who offers salvation freely to any man or woman who would ask Him to be his or her Lord and Savior. Jesus the God-Man has done more to raise the dignity and worth of women than any individual that has ever walked the earth.

If you are interested in learning more about the achievements and contributions of women in Christian history, I encourage you to check out TMU’s concentration in Women’s Studies at the undergraduate or graduate level. We have classes related to women in Church History, women in the Bible, the history of the Feminist movement, and much more.


Dr. Candi Finch, Associate Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies, Balthasar Hubmaier School of Theology and Missions

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