Meet Sister Megan Rice, an elderly nun and peace activist facing life in prison for breaking into a nuclear arms facility. There’s Sister Simone Campbell, who rallied against income inequality and Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget plan. Sister Nora Nash confronted Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein over excessive executive pay during the recession. Sister Joan Dawber provides housing and rehabilitation for survivors of human trafficking.
Pope Francis, TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year,” has been hailed as a progressive voice of change, but how will he handle the future role of women in the Catholic Church? During a time when nuns are still under siege from the very institution to which they pledge, Jo Piazza’s If Nuns Ruled the World (Open Road Media, $12.99, paperback, on sale: September 2, 2014) showcases these women as vigorous catalysts of change in an otherwise constricting patriarchy. These sisters offer powerful, provocative stories of hope that are sure to inspire and spark debate.
About the Author
Jo Piazza is the author of the acclaimed Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money and a novel, Love Rehab. She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Glamour, Gotham, the Daily Beast, and Slate. She has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR.
Piazza holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a master’s in religious studies from New York University. She lives in New York City with her giant dog.
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