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Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22

Women Who Made a Difference

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Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22

Women Who Made a Difference

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Let’s talk about strong, wise women. You may have many strong, wise women in your life – your mother, grandmother, an aunt, neighbor, or friend.

Let’s remember some other strong, wise women from history and what they did to make a difference.

Madam Curie was the woman who invented x-rays. Because of her we have a way to look inside our bodies and see our bones.

Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly by herself across the Atlantic Ocean. She loved flying and set many records.

Pearl S. Buck, a woman who lived in China, wrote wonderful books, helped others, and adopted nine children. She was a wise woman.

Rosa Parks was a woman who worked to make sure all people had certain rights, no matter what color their skin. This brave woman worked to make freedom possible for all.

Helen Keller was a brave woman who was blind and deaf. She learned sign language and also read and wrote by using Braille. (Perhaps you have seen Braille on an elevator – tiny bumps arranged so people who are blind can use their hands to read messages.) She worked very hard to help other people who had lost their sight.

Pocahontas was a wise Indian woman who used friendship to make peace between the Native American people and the settlers.

(This list may be edited to include local women who have made a difference.)

The Bible tells us about another strong, wise woman. Her name is Esther. She was a beautiful, Jewish queen and she learned that her people were going to be harmed. She went to the king and asked, in a very brave and wise way, for his help. The king agreed to help her.

Even to this day the Jewish people celebrate a holiday each year “as the days in which the Jews had rest from their enemies” and turned them “from sorrow to gladness…” (9:22).

These are just a few of the women who have made a difference in our world. All of us can learn from these women and give thanks for the strong, wise women in our lives.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan