Listening and validation

In Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings about the Grimke sisters, early advocates of women’s rights and abolition, Sarah Grimke asks Lucretia Mott, “Do you think I could become a Quaker minister?”

Lucretia responds, “Sarah Grimke, you’re the most intelligent person I know. Of course, you could.”

In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd explains the importance of women listening to other women:

“Sarah had never really known this kind of listening, validation and encouragement. The scene brought to my mind theologian Nelle Morton’s words that women ‘hear one another into speech,’ and I thought, too, of theologian, Mary Daly, who said, ‘Only women hearing each other can create a counterworld to the prevailing reality.’”

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