The official calendar of saints is heavily weighted towards men. Nearly all accounts of holy women have been written by men, often emphasizing stereotypical “feminine” virtues of passivity, submission, and obedience. Redressing the balance, Women Saints offers forty women of extraordinary variety. Together they expand our view of female sanctity and challenge us to live a more authentic Christian life. Grouped under eight headings—visionaries (such as St. Catherine of Sienna), martyrs (such as St. Agnes), collaborators (such as St. Clare of Assisi), wives and mothers (such as St. Monica), penitents (such as St. Mary of Egypt), outcasts (such as St. Elizabeth Bayley Seton), and missionaries (such as St. Frances Xavier Cabrini)—these lives come from many centuries, cultures,
and continents. Orbis Books.