Women’s Work by Mary Lynn Sheetz

Women's Work by Mary Lynn Sheetz used with permission

I was given this card many years ago.

I have always kept it near me to remind me women do important work that is unrecognized in history books.  It is the kind of work not usually associated with women.  Women resist military murder with their lives, defend families and peace, spend time in Nazi prisons, provide services to the dying and suffering, and speak truth to popes and powers.

The artist and activist, Mary Lynn Sheetz, believed women deserved a place around Christ’s table.

Women’s Work features the following amazing women, starting from left to right

Dorothy Day – Nonviolent activist for peace and social justice, founder of the Catholic Worker’s Movement.

Mary Luke Tobin – Founder of the Thomas Merton Center, Auditor at II Vatican Council; leader of renewal for women religious; lifelong peace activist.

Aung San Suu Kyi – Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of democracy movement in Burma.  She was put under house arrest from 1989 – 2010 by the Burmese Military Junta.

Mary of Nazareth – Mother of Jesus Christ.  Stood against mob at the foot of the cross with a small group of women when all others fled.

Thea Bowman – Franciscan Sister, born in Mississippi poverty.  Visionary speaker, voice of African Americans in the church.

Priscilla – (Acts 18, Romans 16, 1 Cor 16, 2 Timothy 4) One of the women who presided at the Eucharistic celebration in the early Church.  Paul records his epistle that she risked her life to save him.

Ruth Fitzpatrick – Coordinator of Women’s Ordination Conference, long time activist for human rights, working for the discipleship of equals.

Catherine of Sienna – 14th Century Dominican Tertiary, mystic and indefatigable servant of the poor.  She was also a political activist and reformer with the Church who convinced Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome.  Named Doctor of the Church.

Edith Stein – Mystic, Jewish convert to Catholicism who became a Carmelite nun, refused to leave Germany occupied territory under Nazi occupation.  Killed at Auschwitz.

Rigoberta Menchu Tum – Quiche woman of Guatemala, winner of Nobel Peace Prize for her work organizing the indigenous people of Guatemala to resist military violence and oppression.

Teresa of Avila – 16th Century Spanish Carmelite reformer.  Mystic and great spiritual writer who was named Doctor of the Church.

Used with Mary Lynn Sheetz’ gracious permission, 2013

If you want to purchase cards with her image, please email Mary Lynn Sheetz at http://www.bravotees.com.

13 responses to “Women’s Work by Mary Lynn Sheetz

  1. Also – Ita Ford, one of the Maryknoll Sisters executed in El Salvador for their work among the poor. Maura Clark, who is not pictured, was martyred with Ita. Thank you for sharing this lovely image. I have a large framed one in my office, to remind me of the brave women who have witnessed and paved the way for my generation.

  2. I would like to order more Women’s Work cards designed by Mary Lynn Sheetz. How can I do this?

  3. bravotees.com doesn’t show any of Mary Lynn Sheetz’s work and teh alterni-tee.com link doesn’t work.

    Any suggestions?

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