Historically, women have been victims of religion and were often kept out of the pulpit. The spiritual connection of women to a Higher Power, however, is impossible to sever. Women of all nations have found that connection.
Three women, in particular, are Lozen, an Apache warrior, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, a dissident Catholic, and Mother Tynnetta Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
Born during the 1840s, Lozen was a female warrior of the Chiricahua Apaches. Her brother was the war chief Victorio, who tutored her in the ways of war. Aside from warrior, Lozen was also a medicine woman, taking on the roles of healer and spiritual leader.
Victorio is often quoted as saying that Lozen was his “right hand, strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people.”
Many believe Lozen had the ability to detect the movement of her enemies. According to legend, “Lozen would stretch out her arms, with her palms facing the sky. Then, she would follow the Sun, whilst praying to Ussen, the Apache Creator of Life. It has been claimed that when she felt a tingling in her hands, and when her palms darkened, Lozen would know the direction from which her enemies were coming.”
ADA MARÍA ISASI-DÍAZ
Ada María Isasi-Díaz was born in Havana, Cuba on March 22, 1943, and her family left for the United States in 1960.
Dr. Isasi-Díaz felt that Hispanic women were the “rejected spiritual core” of church membership. She was known as one of the central figures of Mujerista theology, which was founded as a womanist movement, primarily because feminism was seen as something for White women.
Dr. Isasi-Díaz considered Mujerism as a “spiritual branch of the reform movement known as liberation theology,” and she hoped it would “help delineate the special identity shared by poor, Hispanic, Catholic women.”
“Hispanic women’s experience and our struggle for survival, not the Bible, are the source of our theology and the starting point for how we should interpret, appropriate and use the Bible,” she wrote in her book “Mujerista Theology.”
MOTHER TYNNETTA MUHAMMAD
Mother Tynnetta Muhammad was born on May 10, 1941 in Detroit, MI. She accepted Islam under the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and she went on to marry the Nation of Islam leader.
Mother Tynnetta was the first Muslim columnist in several newspapers, the author of several books, a businesswoman, fashion designer, composer and musician. She was also a scholar, a cultural influence and a faithful student and champion of her husband’s teachings.
Mother Tynnetta read the Holy Qur’an every day, and read the book in its entirety every week. Many in the Nation remark that she was the standard of a righteous woman, a woman of divine presence, and someone that demonstrated the universality of Islam.