“I would have given her [the Church] my head, my hand, my heart. She would not have them. She did not know what to do with them. She told me to go back and do crochet in my mother’s drawing-room; or if I were tired of that, to marry and look well at the head of my husband’s table. ‘You may go to the Sunday School if you like it,’ she said. But she gave me no training even for that. She gave me neither work to do for her, nor education for it.” Florence Nightingale in a letter to Dean Stanley, 1852.
Florence Nightingale, “the Lady with the Lamp,” was the founder of modern nursing.
The world was the richer for her decision to devote her life to serving others through the nursing profession, but the church was undoubtedly the poorer.
The church misses out when women are not allowed to use their God-given gifts.