Women in International Development

In what ways have women contributed to development within their society and/or community?

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Leading Development at Home: Dr. Mabel Ping Hua Lee (1896–1966)

by Grace May

For Mabel Lee, women’s rights flowed out of a Christian worldview that she viewed as foundational for America’s government and the key to China’s reconstruction. With her doctorate from Columbia University in hand, Dr. Lee eagerly anticipated returning to China to use her background in economics, education and political science to support the building of the young Republic. A combination of forces, however, led her to a different decision. Instead of entering into development on the international scene, she chose to focus on the ministry at her doorsteps in Chinatown.

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Biblical Theological Reflection on the Role of Women

by Junia Pokrifka

The identity and purpose of women has been one of much discussed topics in recent biblical interpretation and theology. The diverse views on women in the Bible are understandable, given the wildly different presentations of women in the Bible, ranging from heroes and villains, leaders and victims, rescuers and oppressors, prophets and prostitutes, mistresses and exploited, and beloved and cheated, to name a few.

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