Reimagining the Genius of Womanhood Through the Lives of Catholic Women

The phrase ‘genius of women’ refers to a way of being, acting and loving in the world, which manifests a unique creativity in human relationships. Women’s acts of genius reveal a particular feminine sensitivity toward other human beings.
— Sr. Prudence Allen, RSM

As women, each of us possess this disposition to the human person - to see others as persons, not as objects of use, and to treat them as such.

If we choose to accept this particular disposition, we can carry it into our work, our homes, and our relationships. This genius of womanhood does not bind us to one particular profession, vocation or lifestyle, but rather, it enriches the unique path God has for each of us. 

That means the number of ways this genius manifests is as numerous as the women who have ever lived and will ever live. We can see this diversity most clearly in the lives of saints, from St. Joan of Arc to St. Therese of Lisieux.

This month, we will explore what this genius looks like in the lives of Catholic women today. 

Over the next four weeks, we’ll release a new interview every Wednesday that shows new ways the genius of womanhood can be seen in light of particular vocations and professions. 

Our first interview, with Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, fsp is available below. You can also scroll down to read previews of upcoming interviews with other Catholic women! 

Please note the purpose of this interview series is not to imply that there are a limited number of ways the genius of womanhood can be expressed. Rather, we hope to provide glimpses of what it means to be a woman today by sharing different experiences and perspectives.

Check back next Wednesday for the next interview and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get these interviews straight into your inbox.


Week One: Interview with Sr. Theresa Aletheia

About Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, fsp

Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, fsp is the author of Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Journal and Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Lenten Devotional. You can read her letter to you and watch our film with her here.

Preview of Our Interview:

“I have gained insight from reading Edith Stein’s Essays on Women. She has a balanced view both of the unique role of women and the equality of women that appeals to me. For instance, in support of the need for women in many societal roles, she writes, ‘Only subjective delusion could deny that women are capable of practicing vocations other than that of spouse and mother.’ And later she writes,

‘No woman is only woman.’

I think her points are important to remember in conversations about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. What makes us unique is not something that boxes us in but something that frees us to respond to the needs of the family, the Church, and the world in our own unique ways. Each woman has something different to offer. And a woman’s gifts are communicated through who she is metaphysically, emotionally, and spiritually as a woman. A woman’s femininity is not incidental, but neither is it completely defining.”

About Janet

Janet Easter is currently a stay-at-home mom of three little ones in Sewickley PA. A Midwesterner at heart, she spent nine years in New York City and co-founded Verily Magazine as the Style Editor. Now, you can find her splitting time between rangling toddlers, arranging flowers, blogging on Ever Easter, and curating thrift clothes for sale at Ever Thrift..You can read Janet’s letter to you and watch our film with her here.

Preview of Our Interview:

“Femininity is not an affinity for pink, puppies, or frills and the like. Authentic femininity is quite something to behold. It pierces through a world that is thick in efficiency, that has forgotten the dignity possessed by every person.”

To read our interview with Janet when it comes out on Wednesday, February 20th, subscribe to our weekly newsletter here or check back on our site.


About Nykole

Nykole Willmore is 25 years old and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theology. She is a Sergeant in the Army National Guard, currently deployed to Afghanistan. When she isn’t being a soldier, Nykole lives in Mesa, Arizona and works in the mortgage industry. At home, she loves spending time with her two dachshunds and learning as much as she can about wine and viticulture. Nykole hopes to one day own her own vineyard. You can read Nykole’s letter, ‘How Deployment Has Given me a New Appreciation for the Universal Church’ here.

Preview of Our Interview:

“I strive to live out my feminine genius in the ways that I care for my fellow soldiers.

The army is centered around the idea of being ‘physically and mentally tough’ which is extremely important in order to do your job effectively. However, deployment is a different environment - especially for Reserve or National Guard soldiers such as myself. We go from working together one weekend per month to spending every single day for an entire year with the same people. And that can be a challenge for some who have never experienced it. That being said, I try to check in with my section and see how they are doing on a personal level.”

Week Four: Interview with Shannon Ochoa

To be released on March 6th

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About Shannon

Shannon Ochoa is currently the co-founder of Eden Invitation, a movement celebrating personal integration and promoting solidarity beyond the LGBT+ paradigm. They offer small groups, retreats, and online resources on sexual identity and the Christian life. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Social Welfare and Gender & Women’s Studies. After graduating Shannon went on to work in college campus ministry. She will happily find a home in any Taco Bell, under a waterfall, or across the table from a stranger at a coffee shop, but ultimately she finds it in the heart of the Beloved.

Shannon Ochoa You can read Shannon’s letter, ‘Do You Believe That You Were Created Good?’ here.

Preview of Our Interview:

“…You are just as feminine chopping wood as you are cooking, just as feminine wearing basketball shorts or a blouse, just as feminine in your pottery class as you are in your kickboxing lessons.

Your femininity cannot be reduced to what you wear, what job you have, what activities you’re a part of. Your femininity comes from being made woman, in the image and likeness of God.


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