Happy birthday, Katharine Bushnell (Feb. 5, 1855 – Jan. 26, 1946)! ‪#‎Feminist‬. Medical doctor. Social activist. Bible scholar. As a young woman Katharine organized and agitated against “white slavery” (enforced prostitution) in the U.S. and around the world. She also spent years learning Greek and Hebrew on her own so she could research what the biblical texts say about women. In the process she discovered that the English translations of her era had been intentionally manipulated by male scholars to enable the social and spiritual subjugation of women. In 1921, her classic work “God’s Word to Women” was published. This text, though largely forgotten today, anticipated modern feminist theology. Quotable quote: “Supposing women only had translated the Bible, from age to age, is there a likelihood that men would have rested content with the outcome? Therefore, our brothers have no good reason to complain if, while conceding that men have done the best they could alone, we assert that they did not do the best that could have been done. The work would have been of a much higher order had they first helped women to learn the sacred languages (instead of putting obstacles in their way), and then, have given them a place by their side on translations committees.” Amen to that, Sister Katharine.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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