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Archives: Emerging Women Leaders

Suffragettes march with flags in Washington, D.C., in an archival image dated 1910 to 1920. Six Methodist women advocated for women’s voting rights as part of their Christian calling. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

6 Methodist women who fought for the vote

Expanding the franchise to all adult citizens took great risk and great faith. Fortunately, these Wesleyans were on the case. Read More

Pastor Jenny Smith preaches in Oct. 2012 at St. John's UMC in Anchorage, Alaska. Courtesy: St. John's UMC.

Called to Alaska: Pastor Jenny Smith

'There's a gift in the isolation.' A preacher’s kid, who found her calling as a teen, now serves in Anchorage and says the location has special blessings. View

The Rev. Tiffany Thomas preaches on Sunday at South Tryon Community United Methodist Church. The young pastor is known for her powerful sermons and high heels.

High Heels and a Mission: Rev. Tiffany Thomas

For Women’s History Month, meet a young clergywoman whose work in a church soup kitchen as a child inspired her to serve as pastor and mentor. View

Young Pastor’s Fresh Ideas: Rev. Stephanie Price

Stephanie Price encourages churches to partner with local farmers. "We're closing that gap between people outside our walls and people within." View

UMTV: Pastor Leads Nigerian Women

One of first Nigerian female clergy, Musa Iliya helps girls be leaders, "see themselves as equally created in the image and likeness of God." View

Women making history: Sandra Steiner Ball

"I had some learning challenges in my early years ... the church was where I found sanctuary, peace and encouragement." Read More

Women making history: Eunice Musa Iliya

"A woman is dependent on how society defines her," says Nigerian pastor. "So as I was growing up, I didn't know who I was as a woman." Read More

The Rev. Sherry Cothran Woolsey performs onstage at a reunion of her rock band, The Evinrudes, playing songs from the '90s and new works about women in the Bible. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

The right rockin’ Rev. Sherry Cothran

For Women's History Month, this pastor's gone from rock music to ministry, and found role models in the Bible. "I'm intrigued by women in the Old Testament." Read More

Women making history: Lessie Vonner

"It's important for young women to know how much the women before them have done for the world," says jazz trumpeter and church musician. Read More

Women making history: Jocelyn Briddell

"It is critical," says Scarritt-Bennett Center director, "that our history is highlighted...so we can envision a bright future... ." Read More

Women making history: Roslyn Lee

"Women's History Month is not only about history," says local pastor. "It is also about me and my identity and how I claim my identity." Read More

Women making history: Debra Wallace-Padgett

"Women's History Month," says Bishop Wallace-Padgett, "helps all of us to enlarge our vision of who, by the grace of God, we can be." Read More

Members of the congregation pray during worship at Jourdain United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women Making History

United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, lay and clergy, to talk about leadership. Read More

Women making history: Jalisa Ross

"Women's History Month reminds us of the women who are not yet here. Will we leave them a mess or ... a future worth fighting for?" Read More

Women making history: Meeli Tankler

"My childhood and youth memories," recalls seminary president, "are predominantly about hiding our faith and using different 'covers' to gather ... with other Christians." Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Harvey participates in a prayer service in Cote d'Ivoire in 2009.

Women making history: Cynthia Fierro Harvey

March is Women's History Month. As part of a series about women leaders, Louisiana Area bishop says we "learn about the women that have gone before us, who have blazed... Read More

3 young women = UMCOR’s ‘triumvirate’

When there's a disaster, disease or famine, these three women know they'll be on the ground to help. Read More