Female Theologians

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 1 Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 28, 1515
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gotarrendura
Died: October 4, 1582

Teresa of Ávila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who later turned into a Carmelite nun. She was posthumously named a Doctor of the Church. She co-established the Discalced Carmelite Order. Her written works include The Interior Castle and her own autobiography.

 2 Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong
Famous As: Theologian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Worcestershire

Karen Armstrong is a British commentator and author best known for writing books on comparative religion. Her work emphasizes the commonalities of major world religions like the Golden Rule and the importance of compassion. Karen Armstrong has received several prestigious awards, such as the Freedom of Worship Award and the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.

 3 Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Theologian
Birthdate: May 16, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 9, 1799

Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, daughter of an affluent silk trader, was well-versed in a number of languages as a child. Most of her work was regarding algebra, calculus, and the Witch of Agnesi. She was also the first female academic to write a math book and to teach math.

 4 Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: February 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

Elaine Pagels is an American historian who serves as a professor at Princeton University. Pagels, who is credited with conducting extensive research into Gnosticism and early Christianity, came up with the influential book The Gnostic Gospels. The book has been named among the 100 best books of the 20th century by Modern Library.

 5 Mary Daly

Mary Daly
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: January 3, 2010

 6 Alice von Hildebrand

Alice von Hildebrand
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

 7 Dorothee Sölle

Dorothee Sölle
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: April 27, 2003
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 8 Susan Warner

Susan Warner
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 11, 1819
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 17, 1885

 9 Catherine Booth

Catherine Booth
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: January 17, 1829
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashbourne, England
Died: October 4, 1890

Owing to a spinal ailment, Catherine Booth remained mostly at home as a child. She later founded The Salvation Army, with her Methodist preacher husband William Booth, thus helping the poor and the needy. She refused to believe women couldn’t preach the gospels and wrote the pamphlet Female Ministry.

 10 Evangeline Booth

Evangeline Booth
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: December 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 17, 1950

Evangeline Booth is remembered as the first female general of the Salvation Army, founded by her parents, William Booth and Catherine Mumford. Her beauty and musical skills earned her the nickname White Angel of the Slums. Her efforts ranged from aiding unwed mothers and working women, to organizing fundraisers.

 11 Marta Benavides

Marta Benavides
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: San Salvador, El Salvador

 12 Mimi Panayotti

Mimi Panayotti
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1938 AD
Birthplace: La Lima, Honduras