Mary Daly

A fierce intellectual, an intrepid scholar, a wicked wit and an uncompromising radical, Mary Daly was the first feminist philosopher and theologian. Daly, who died Jan. 3 at 81, taught at Boston College for 33 years, and her outspoken views gave the school's Jesuit administration indigestion nearly every day. An eloquent critic of patriarchal organized religion, she barred men from her feminist-ethics classes--citing how their presence could change the dynamics of discussions--yet was willing to tutor them privately. And though she was the recipient of doctorates in religion and sacred theology, she left the church and confronted its politics. Daly also...

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