March 11, 2021 | by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
In a video message on March 3, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the California-Nevada Conference shared some of the lessons she has learned about the value of women in helping heal the world and the plan that God has for all of us.
Click here to watch the video.
Happy Women’s History Month to all but especially to the women and young girls of this country and of our United Methodist Church! Women are an integral part of everyone’s life — they are mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, spouses…..To the men among us let me say, what you already know, “you can’t get anywhere without women!”
Women’s History Month can be traced back to a day in 1908 in New York City when thousands of women united and marched for better labor laws and conditions, and the right to vote. As you know, the vote for women was gained through the 19th amendment, passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on Aug.18, 1920. But it would be 87 years after the march in New York City that a month, 31 days, would be set apart to honor women in this country.
It seems that it’s always hard to get to a place where some among us are recognized as being worthy of affirmation and support. Even today with a special month set apart for honoring women, women are still paid less than men for the same job. More women live in poverty than men. If you are a woman of color your poverty is likely to be worse. Women are still subject to abuse and violence in this country requiring a law against such abuse and violence; a law passed not that long ago (The Violence Against Women Act of 1994).
But I am glad that we are progressing. I would not be a bishop of the church, were it not for those who thought that women were worth something, that we women have something to contribute, and that our rights should be supported and advocated for as well. I am grateful for the privilege of being a bishop of the church, and so very grateful for the women and men who have stood with women and girls and through whose efforts a way was opened so that I and other women could serve God in the ranks of the clergy.
And with you I am celebrating how far we have come in this country having just elected and inaugurated the first woman and a woman of color, as vice president of the United States. I think God is pleased!
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño is Resident Bishop of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.