Empowerment of Women

“Pope Francis understands that empowered women and girls reduce poverty for everyone, because women invest so much in their families and communities. His Holiness’s recent comments on gender equality and the 'scandal' of wage differences between men and women help everyone to see how these questions relate to ending poverty—and to ensuring justice.”  - Melinda Gates


Daughters of Wisdom in the United States work to educate women, encourage them to develop their God-given potential, help them work their way out of poverty and become empowered leaders in the church and civic community.



March 8, International Women’s Day, is an occasion to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, political achievements; and acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

This 2018 theme of International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress - a strong call-to-action to think, act and be gender inclusive. Join us in a prayer service for this day created by our Sisters from the Democratic Republic of Congo.






(1/21/17) Millions of women checked into marches all around the country and the world on Saturday, creating a sea of human diversity in places where they gathered. Without any negative incidents reported, women of all ages, ethnicities and religions assembled peacefully to stand up and let their voices be heard for shared concerns: human rights, the environment and immigration. There they committed to being a part of a movement for the common good that will not end with this march.


Our Sr. Marie Chiodo, DW along with Sr. Anne Marie Gardiner, SSND participated in the Washington DC walk and reported back that the mood was ebullient, respectful and inspiring. With the air filled with hand crafted signs expressing a multitude of concerns, the peaceful demonstration united women throughout the world, and as Sister Marie expressed, “were a lesson in civics for our day…. The presence of so many young people gave me hope for our country. And all was done in a peaceful manner. Color, sexual identities and ethnicity did not matter. It was a witness to our unity. Anger did not prevail. Hope did.”