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.’”