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From the editor's desk 18 Aug

The War Cry comments on women

Throughout history, there have been examples of women who have made a striking impact on the world

LAST week BBC History Magazine announced the 20 most significant women in history, as voted for by readers.

Top of the list was Nobel prizewinning physicist Marie Curie. Also included were Emmeline Pankhurst, Margaret Thatcher, Florence Nightingale, Jane Austen and Diana, Princess of Wales. The diversity of the list was further highlighted by the inclusion of Boudicca, who led a violent uprising against Roman rule in Britain in the 1st century, and Mother Teresa, one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century.

Throughout history, there have been examples of women who have made a striking impact on the world. And yet, when author Rachel Gardner interviewed 1,000 young women, she found the overwhelming majority of them lacked confidence and felt they weren’t good enough.

In this week’s War Cry Rachel explains how the responses led her to write The Girl De-Construction Project. The book encourages young women to think about who they are in four categories of body, mind, soul and strength, all from a biblical perspective.

Some people may find it odd to think that the Bible has anything to say to 21st-century women. But Rachel believes that it does, particularly through the teachings of Jesus.

‘The book is about uncoupling ourselves from negative stereotypes and exploring what it means to be a woman in light of who Jesus says we are,’ Rachel says. She goes on to explain how she believes that life with Jesus is an adventure to discover our true selves.

However we identify ourselves in terms of gender and however that makes us look at life, if we look at it through the eyes of faith, new and exciting possibilities can open up, making our life one of true significance.

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