Kimberly Cook was a radical feminist turned Catholic theologian. She pulls from her past experience, knowledge of the truth, and wisdom to know the difference!
Kimberly has a background in Mental Health and a Masters in Systematic Theology. Her two most recent books are a 7-Week Marriage Workbook focusing on the virtues: My Hand In Yours Our Hands In His, and a 40-Day Devotional for Single Catholic Women: Into the Wilderness.
She is a wife and mother of four – which means she’s constantly working on her own virtue!
Find her at KimberlyCook.me
The Dignity of Women podcast focuses on reclaiming femininity in the modern age. It challenges feminist viewpoints and the objectification of persons. The Dignity of Women calls us to higher virtue and nobility of character, so that men must aspire to be worthy of us, and that through Christ, beauty will save the world.
The “feminine genius” is a term that was advanced by St. John Paul II during his papacy, and has challenged and encouraged both women and men in the Church since then. But what exactly “is” the feminine genius and how do women fully live this out, in order to find that happiness that brings her communion with God through her unique created nature. Irene Alexander joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to unpack the teachings and richness of the theology of the feminine genius.
Alice von Hildebrand was close to her PhD in philosophy when she began applying to Catholic colleges – all of which turned her down, despite her strong curriculum vitae, because they refused to hire a women to teach philosophy. Alice had only been in the country for 7 years, speaking French most of her life previously, and at this point desperately needed a job. Hunter College (for women) desperately needed a substitute philosophy professor, so Dr. Von Hildebrand began immediately what would become a very challenging career, finally accepting an early retirement with the lowest possible pension. For 14 years she was paid hourly, with no medical coverage, no tenure, and a teaching schedule that kept her until 10PM, precisely because she was a woman. Dr. Von Hildebrand won an award for excellence in teaching – competing against 600 professors. Alice von Hildebrand joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to share her great wisdom on femininity, feminism, and the greatness of faith that distinguishes the two.
Rannah Evetts followed a call to teach sign language in Africa shortly after her senior year of High School, in which she was baptized into the Catholic faith. Rannah worked for 7 months in an established deaf school in Uganda’s capital city before discerning with the local priest and Bishop that she should start her own Catholic school for deaf children. In 2016 Rannah was given permission by the Bishop as well as a catechesis building to begin what became St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in a remote village in the NW corner of Uganda, right next to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Rannah was 21 years old when Bishop Wanok granted her the building.
Perhaps you avoided the hookup culture altogether when you were dating your spouse, and therefore honestly can’t understand it at all. Or maybe you encountered your fair share of it when you were navigating the messy waters of love. Some of you, I’m sure are even wading through it now! One of the primary and most frustrating elements of today’s dating world is the fear of commitment. Professor Tim O’Malley gives his students extra credit for going on a date and analyzing that date according to the art of dating (there are actual skills to be learned)! Tim joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to unpack the popularized utilitarian concept of “hooking up,” which has sought to replace dating and therefore threaten the healthy process of communication leading into the entrance of marriage. Tim looks at God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World.
Veteran moms have so much wisdom to pass on the future generations, and we don’t hear their voices nearly as much as we would like to. Kimberly Hahn joins me on this episode of The Dignity of Women to share her experience homeschooling six children, her conversion to the Catholic faith alongside husband and scripture scholar, Scott Hahn, and her recent segue into local politics.
When Haley Stewart married her bee-keeping sweetheart, Daniel, they dreamed of a life centered on home and family. But as the children arrived and Daniel was forced to work longer hours at a job he liked less and less, they dared to break free from the unending cycle of getting more yet feeling unfulfilled. They sold their Florida home and retreated to Texas to live on a farm with a compost toilet and 650 square feet of space for a family of five. Surprisingly, they found that they had never been happier.