A long time shero!
“An outspoken lesbian-feminist and separatist, Daly provoked outrage by challenging established ideas and institutions that she considered destructive to women’s power and creativity.
“From organized religion to the university world she calls “academentia,” to men themselves, Daly dissected the “death-loving” culture of patriarchy and its effects on the minds and hearts of women. However, her brilliant body of work was far more than a litany of complaints. It was a joyously iconoclastic search for liberation, and an exploration of a hypothetical women-centered landscape where patriarchal domination has lost its power.
Daly came out publicly as a lesbian in the early 1970s. Always a holistic thinker, she never regarded her lesbianism as merely a sexual identity. It became part of her redefinition of the universe in terms of the feminine.”
Daly had a stormy 33-year tenure at the Jesuit university.
She challenged the patriarchy of the Roman Catholic church in her writings. She said she barred men from her class because women did not freely exchange ideas with them present, though she did privately tutor men.
In 1999, the university ordered her to accept a male student who threatened to sue. She took a leave of absence and filed a lawsuit. It was settled in 2001 with her retirement.