The Women Leaders Global Forum gathered to recognize and celebrate women making a positive difference in the world. While many deserving women won prestigious awards, I couldn't help but think of the many amazing women who are at least as worthy of recognition yet are never mentioned at any of these secular events.
In their various causes and through very different work, these eight women speak up for those who, in our culture, have little to no voice: the unborn, those with disabilities, or victims of the sexual revolution. In doing so, they stand courageously against powerful cultural norms. If they worked on behalf of culturally acceptable causes, their names would be celebrated with the others.
In 2012, when a “Family Guy” episode aired depicting character Peter Griffith having a stroke, $150 million in federal grants went to embryo-destructive research. Despite all the funding dedicated to embryo-destructive research, embryonic stem cells had not yielded a single viable treatment by 2012, but adult stem cells had.
In several places, the data continues to show that “churches are the best at strengthening marriages.” After all, what other social institution can offer the sort of surgical precision needed to identify and connect with couples? What other institution is as scattered, de-centralized, and localized? This insight is obvious once you think about it, but unfortunately, it’s rarely put into practice, especially at the kind of scale needed to make a difference.
Last week, the spokeswoman for a British doula association was forced to resign after reminding her social media followers that people who have wombs are… women. Commenting on a health awareness campaign that encouraged “everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix” to get screened for cancer, the longtime birth coach wrote, “I am not a ‘cervix owner ...’ I am a woman: an adult human female.”
Megan Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. She made news a few years ago when she escaped and renounced the cult of her childhood, an experience she describes in a new book. Her story, which I’ve followed since she first left the so-called church, is absolutely fascinating. And in her recent interview with popular atheist podcaster Sam Harris, Phelps-Roper offers a glimpse into the evil philosophy behind Westboro.