“When a great and decisive work is to be done, God chooses men and women to do this work,
and it will see the loss if the talents of both are not combined.” - Evangelism, 469
To mark International Women’s Day, we are introducing 15 inspirational Adventist women, amazing women of influence who have overcome challenges and reached remarkable success.
Most organizations and institutions have been founded by individuals possessing foresight and a compelling, well-articulated vision regarding the future potential of that entity. These individuals function as the main ‘idea master,’ providing the impetus for the organization’s birth, survival, and success. Organizations rarely evolve spontaneously, absent the dedication of a seasoned leader. Adventist organizations and institutions are no exception. Women during Biblical times and the early church showed extraordinary courage and leadership. Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, Ellen White, Sarepta M. Irish Henry (organized the Woman’s Ministry in 1898), Dr. Lottie Blake (Founder of School of Nursing at Oakwood College), Nellie H. Rankin Druillard (instrumental in the founding of Emanuel Missionary College and Madison College) are excellent examples of women leaders of the past.
Within the Seventh-day Adventist church, several organizations and institutions have endeavored to recruit women for leadership roles traditionally occupied by men. Most members of relevant boards of directors accept that men and women tend to employ different leadership strategies, and this variety provides a balance that can be extremely useful. Officially, the Adventist church upholds an egalitarian view that both men and women should be given equal opportunity to assume senior leadership positions. Nevertheless, it is rare to find women in church senior leadership positions. However, Adventist women fill leadership roles in other organizations, where they serve with distinction.
To mark International Women’s Day in March, we share stories of Adventist women in leadership roles within the Adventist Church and other organizations. These Adventist women have many years of experience, and their unique stories will no doubt be an inspiration. [There are many inspiring Adventist women leaders, too many to include. We salute these distinguished women although they are not included.]
Be blessed and inspired as you read about these Adventist leaders.