The Huffington Post recently published a list of 10 Inspiring Women Religious Leaders. It’s a wonderful round up of powerful women who are making their communities, and the world, better – and doing so from a religious point of view.
And even better, the list includes two women who are leaders in the world of service: Anju Bhargava – founder of Hindu American Seva Charities, a national movement for faith-based community service, and Ruth Messinger who runs Repair the World grantee-partner organization, American Jewish World Service (AJWS). The article says of Messinger:
Ruth Messinger is the president and executive director of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development organization providing support to more than 200 grassroots social change projects in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Ms. Messinger is also a visiting professor at Hunter College, teaching urban policy and politics. Prior to assuming her position at AJWS in 1998, Ms. Messinger was in public service in New York City for 20 years. She served 12 years in the New York City Council and eight years as Manhattan borough president. She was the first woman to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for major in 1997. Among her numerous accolades, Ms. Messinger has been named one of the 50 most influential Jews of the year by the Forward for the last five years. Ms. Messinger graduated from Radcliffe College and received a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 1964.
Messinger works tirelessly and passionately for the causes she believes in. Over the last decade she has built one of the world’s most robust, impactful Jewish service organizations, and given countless Jewish Americans the opportunity to serve others. Mazel tov Ruth, and way to go Huffington Post for including her!
Check out the full list of inspiring women religious leaders here.