The Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong said that “women hold up half the sky.”
In fact, they hold up much more than half.
That is certainly the case in the Church, where they get too little recognition, thanks, or
authority for all they do.
Women religious may get a bit more recognition than their sisters, but even those religious are frequently marginalized by a general focus on bishops and clergy, and their paternalistic and often misogynist authority.
Catholic Parveen Bibi's life is an example of how poor Christian mothers contribute to the Church's growth in Pakistan