Mary of Magdala, Witness and Prophet
Sisters, Associates and friends of the Community celebrated the Feast of Mary of Magdala, known as “Apostle to the Apostles,” on Tuesday, July 22 with an intercommunity prayer service. This year’s theme was Mary of Magdala, Witness and Prophet. The presider was Michaelle Jones from the Church of the Resurrection, Bond Hill and the reflector was S. Leslie Keener, CDP. Following the service refreshments were prepared and served by Power Inspires Progress.
"We are challenged to stand together with and for women and children and will take concrete actions, personally and communally, to break the cycles of poverty and violence which disenfranchise women and foster systemic oppression in church and society." - Sister of Charity Chapter (1995)
"The painstaking collection and classification of statistics documenting women's inequality in health, education, the workplace... irrefutably support my own, often painful, observations and experience... they bring to life the comment of an English physician who said of the science of statistics that, after all, it only represented people with the tears wiped off." - Former UNICEF Ambassador of Good Will, Liv Ullmann
The Wealth/Gender Gap Continues...Poverty is Violence
Statistics from the 2010 Census in the United States
According to the 2010 Census, women are hit hardest in every category. Statistics reveal more than 17 million women were living in poverty last year, compared with 12.6 million men. Twice as many women older than 65 were living in poverty, even faster and rose higher - to 25 percent for Hispanic women and to 25.6 percent for black women.
Statistics on Women from the United Nations
- Women constitute nearly 70% of the world's 1.3 billion poor.
- One-fourth of families worldwide are headed by women.
- Women perform an estimated 60% of the world's work but own only 1% of the world's land and earn just 10% of the world's income.
- Women represent 2/3 of more than one billion adult illiterates who have no access to education.