Ladies, do we comprehend the value that our Heavenly Father places on our womanhood? We can change the world! Let me share a few stories about some of my favorite, but lesser-known women from the scriptures. Their names may sound funny, but they were women like you—and they changed the world.
Shiphrah and Puah were midwives who lived at the time that the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians. The pharaoh was worried about the Israelites becoming too powerful, and so he told the midwives to kill all of the male babies they delivered. Can you imagine the pressure they were under? This wasn’t peer pressure, this was pharaoh pressure!
But these women honored God more than the pharaoh and saved the male babies even though they knew the pharaoh would be angry with them.
Another woman named Jochebed lived during the same time period. She gave birth to a son and hid him from the Egyptian soldiers at great personal danger, since it was going against the pharaoh’s wishes. As the boy grew older, she boldly conceived of a plan to save his life. Her daughter, Miriam, assisted in the plan and, consequently, Moses’ life was saved. Think of it! The entire Old Testament was shaped because of the dedication of Shiphrah, Puah, Jochebed, and Miriam (see Exodus 1–2).
Some of my favorite women in the scriptures are ones who were anonymous. In Abraham 1:11 we read of three young women who “were offered up [to idols] because of their virtue; they would not bow down to worship gods of wood or of stone.” These young women likely knew that life would not be easy for them if they chose to remain virtuous, but they did it anyway.
Women have a rich legacy in the scriptures. The first of Jesus’ recorded miracles was performed for His own mother (John 2:1–11), and one of my favorite parts of the scriptural accounts of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection is that the first person to see the resurrected Savior was a woman (Mark 16:9). I hope that when you think of your womanhood, you feel good in your heart. I know God loves and honors women.