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My Favorite Leading Ladies

A letter from the editor

Before I ever knew the word "mentor," there was Ruth.

She was my great aunt on my mom's side—a woman who waited until after 30 to marry. She and my uncle couldn't have kids, so instead of pouring her life into raising her own family, she poured much of herself into me—and students at inner-city public colleges. Ruth got her bachelor's degree in English at an all-women's college, the same one I would go to years later (thankfully, after it had become co-ed). Like Ruth, I also majored in English. She, however, went on to earn her master's in education and devoted her life to teaching. Because she had been entrusted with a great education, she felt she owed it to God and herself to use her skills and passion where they were needed most.

Other than my own mother, Ruth was my first and most influential mentor. She taught me everything—how to polish silver, how to love God, and how to eradicate dangling participles (not necessarily in that order). Because of her, I have a deep affinity for mentoring young people, especially women.

In this issue, we're taking a look at the ways women lead women. Laura Leonard, one of my favorite media and culture commentators, takes a look at some of today's popular on-screen leading ladies. She explores this new breed of fictional female characters, and what they tell us about ourselves.

Julie Pierce, a leadership coach, shares her story of being mentored throughout her life, and why she now does the same for others. Wondering how to start a mentoring relationship with someone? Read Julie's story.

Another woman who's using her leader-ship role to inspire and equip a whole new generation of moms is Sherry Surratt, the new CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). Sherry talks candidly about her fears as a leader, and how mothering prepares us to be leaders more than we may realize.

Sherry is our newest regular contributor to Today's Christian Woman. Each week, she'll share fresh insights to help build our leadership skills, whether you're leading a small group at church, a staff at work, or a family at home.

At its core, Today's Christian Woman is about women mentoring women. We believe God has called us to be a global gathering place for Christian women to learn with and from each other how to love God and live fearlessly for him in the grit of everyday life. Your subscription to Today's Christian Woman helps ensure we can continue to provide excellent editorial coverage on topics women care about. We're grateful for your loyal readership.

Lead well!

Marian V. Liautaud

Editor

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Marian Liautaud

Marian V. Liautaud is director of marketing at Aspen Group. Follow her on Twitter @marianliautaud

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Calling; Guidance; Leadership; Mentoring; Role models; Vocation
Today's Christian Woman, November Week 2, 2013
Posted November 11, 2013

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