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Fiercely and playfully -- often at the same time -- Mary Daly used words to challenge the basic precepts of the Catholic Church and Boston College, where she was on the faculty for more than 30 years.

Dr. Daly emerged as a major voice in the burgeoning women's movement with her first book, "The Church and the Second Sex," published in 1968, and "Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation," which appeared five years later. That accomplishment was viewed, then and now, as all the more significant because she wrote and taught at a Jesuit college.

"She was a great trained philosopher, theologian, and poet, and she used all of those tools to demolish patriarchy -- or any idea that domination is natural -- in its most defended place, which is religion," said Gloria Steinem.

Dr. Daly, whose relationship with Boston College grew tempestuous as she insisted that only women could take her classes, died Sunday in Wachusett Manor nursing home in Gardner. She was 81 and her health had failed in the past few years, including recent paralysis due to a neurological condition.

" 'The Church and the Second Sex' was every bit as important in the Catholic world as Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique,' " said James Carroll, an author and columnist for the Globe's opinion pages who formerly was a Catholic priest.

Sister Joan Chittister, a feminist author and a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pa., said Dr. Daly "literally turned the standard theological concepts upside down. Mary played with language in such a way that you simply had to stop and think. ... You couldn't use old words in the old ways."

Coining words with an Irish wit that could slip from sly to savage, Dr. Daly dismissed college officials as "bore-ocrats" who suffered from "academentia" and "predictably reacted with 'misterical' behavior" -- all in a 1996 autobiographical article for The New Yorker magazine. But beyond her choices to capitalize certain words and remold others like clay, she was deeply serious about language and the way it shapes a sense of self.

"Ever since childhood, I have been honing my skills for living the life of a Radical Feminist Pirate and cultivating the Courage to Sin," she wrote in the opening of "Sin Big," her New Yorker piece. "The word 'sin' is derived from the Indo-European root 'es-,' meaning 'to be.' When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a woman trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, 'to be' in the fullest sense is 'to sin.' "

Dr. Daly's career at BC, where she joined the theology department faculty in 1966, ultimately ended over what administrators, and many public commentators, saw as her sin of exclusivity. After the college went co-ed in the early 1970s, she only allowed women to take her classes, teaching a few men privately over the years.

She said the presence of men clouded the learning environment, and that a women-only classroom fell within the bounds of academic freedom.

"If a man were in the class he would be very likely to say, 'Oh, no. I am oppressed too.' ... He would say, 'I can't cry. I'm not allowed to express myself, wah, wah,' " she told the Globe in 1999.

The dispute spilled into the courts in the late 1990s when a male student hired a lawyer after Dr. Daly bared him from her class. The college tried to force her into retirement and she sued, claiming breach of contract.

In previous years, Dr. Daly had successfully fought BC's attempt to deny her tenure. This time, she and the college reached a settlement in 2001 and, at 72, she agreed to retire.

Those who knew Dr. Daly and her work, however, say the acrimonious dispute didn't diminish her contributions to feminist philosophy.

"I think she was a central figure for the feminist movement in the 20th century, and hopefully beyond," said Robin Morgan, who edited Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings From the Women's Liberation Movement." "She had a fierce intellect and an uncompromising soul that sometimes gave even her most loving friends indigestion, but it was worth it. She redefined the parameters of philosophy. She called herself a feminist philosopher, and she really was -- she was the first.''

Chittister said: "Her legacy is a cloud of women witnesses and male theologians, too, who have now been released into whole new understandings of what the tradition really holds and really means for all of us, male and female. She was a great thinker, she was a great icon. She will be maligned by some, but history will see her very differently."

Dr. Daly grew up in Schenectady, N.Y., where her father was a traveling salesman, selling ice cream freezers. She wrote in The New Yorker that her mother, who "had been 'yanked out' of high school during her sophomore year," encouraged her to find a life outside the realm of housework.

Though she found academia generally inhospitable to a woman who wanted to study theology in the 1950s, she graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree, received a master's in English at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in religion from St. Mary's College at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Teaching a few years left her unfulfilled, so she went to the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, from which she received four more graduate degrees in philosophy and theology.

"I was getting ready to Sin Big," she wrote in The New Yorker.

Her other books included "Gyn/Ecology, the Metaethics of Radical Feminism" (1978), "Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy" (1984), and "Websters' First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language," which she called "a dictionary for Wicked women" that she wrote with Jane Caputi in 1987.

One of Dr. Daly's caregivers was reading to her from the "Wickedary" when she died Sunday.

"She basically fairly clearly defined the outer limits of radical feminist theology," said Robert Daly, who chaired the theology department during much of Dr. Daly's tenure and was not related to her. "People around the world are generally grateful for her having done that."

An only child, Dr. Daly had no immediate survivors. Friends plan to schedule a memorial service, but noted that she had her own ideas of how her death should be marked.

"It was Mary's wish that if women or people want to memorialize her in any way they should stay in their own locality and have a get-together where they read or discuss her work," said Linda Barufaldi of San Diego, one of several former graduate students of Dr. Daly's who cared for her as her health declined.

Said Steinem: "In the way that painters and artists become more valuable after they're gone, I hope Mary will be kept alive by people going to her work."

Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 5 to Jan. 10, 2010.
Memories & Condolences
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January 18, 2017
Valenda Newell
July 19, 2015
Mary Daly, you were a direct channel to the Goddess. I agree 100% with your interpretation of language under patrirachy, your books are maps to the language of the universe.
jane Poe
July 13, 2015
You changed my myopic view and helped me on
my journey
Ann Leshy
May 22, 2015
I recently discovered your writing, how could I not have known about you in the 1970s? I hope that we can ensure that young women now will read your work and discuss it.
janet bliss
March 30, 2014
Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of your dear love one. “And no resident will say: I am sick…” Isa 33:24. This is a promise God has made known in his word. Perhaps one day in the divine future you or I may see again those fallen from our lives due to a sickness or illness that led to an untimely death. Prayers go out to the surviving family and friends may the God of comfort continue to bless you and yours.
August 1, 2013
Sister Water, Sister Earth, Sussistanako!
Ed Foster
May 16, 2012
I learned of your passing today. I am in shock. You are my hero.
Mary Hoffman
March 23, 2012
I hope you are with Andree, spinning and sparking and weaving, just as you were that night in the summer of 1979 in Lincoln, Mass.
Kristine Keenan
January 24, 2012
Mary I knew you since 1955 when you came to Cardinal Cushing to teach Theology. You made a great impression on me I helped you pack when you were going to Fribough to study.
I have always kept you in my prayers.
Jo
Jo Connolly
September 6, 2011
Have just learned of Mary's death.
Shock. Sadness.
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.
From the bottom of my heart.
Moe
moe maloney
August 1, 2011
I was sad to know of your passing, Mary. I never knew you personally, but just through the words I read as a young and angry college student who was seeking meaning, and who felt like a background person. You spoke to my heart and helped me find my own words. We have all been reborn in the hearing. Your influence has touched the whole world, even the lives of persons who don't know your name! Thank you for your courage.
Amy
May 31, 2011
Mary
You were my namesake and that is the reason I picked up your book in a remnant box as an undergraduate at the university of Queensland (Australia) It took me another 7 years before I realised what that book was and actually read it - when I discovered feminist theology. That was in 1982. Though I never met you, the book has been a source of pride to me ever since and I claim you as family.I salute your intellect, your integrity, your fearlessness in naming new ground and recovering the dangerous memories.
Jill
December 29, 2010
your light lit many many of us ..
You're a Giant in my life, Mary, a spiritual mother, a saviour. Your joy raised me. As a young feminist I drank you in and loved how your Free Spirit slammed windows and doors wide open in my mind. Thankyou. You will always be with me, your brilliant Mind will live forever.
stella
December 10, 2010
I didn't know Dr Daly but reading of her accomplishments, I wish I had.
Bill
July 10, 2010
i never knew you mary, dr, mary daly i have read some of your works and it helped me be a free, woman, a woman born of woman , a woman loving woman who is just coming out at 50 years old, i was born this way, your works gave the couourage to be who i am at my core self, i have suffered for it, just as i ave been oppressed being bi-racial, i am proud now no more being alone thank you for helping, being one of the head mothers who lead the way for me , to courage.
your spirit is alive, you are free of pain, i love you may we meet in another time. Lexa
lexa worth
May 21, 2010
Mary, I want you to visit me often and powerfully! I want you to always Nag me out of hopelessness, helplessness. To spark me into spiral leaping hopping hope! So that I never stop believing in the work I do. So that I may never be discouraged or distracted from the lure of be-ing that comes from deep in my soul - the sacred within me. You lived and raged, revolted and loved so that all womyn could do the same. You are the exemplar that inspires us to BE and to do so in our own unique way. Thank you, Mary. Thank you for your words and your hearing. Thank you for your weaving and your spiraling. Your wit and your wisdom. You are my saint - beautiful, raging, Courageous and ever Elementally Present Sister who embodies true bio-philic be-ing. Thank you Amazon Sister. Gracias!

From your Aztec friend,
Xochitl
Xochitl Alvizo
May 19, 2010
"Sister Carolyn" of the Lesbian Tent Revival
Mary, I believe I am alive today because of what you wrote. When you endorsed my meditation book, it meant I had succeeded. You continue to "sinspire" me, and I hope that I will continue to reflect the incredible vision that you have communicated. I will being doing a memorial for you at the Lesbian Tent Revival (sinspired by your writing) at Michfest this year, and I am going to design it as a hedge school. I am also referring to you as a prophet. I hope that's okay. What you were to me was beyond a teacher... Prophet is the only word big enough that already exists. Unless you want to invent one. You will never, never, never be forgotten. Blessed be.
Carolyn Gage
May 15, 2010
Mary,

Thank you so much. If only you knew how much you helped me through you wonderful books. I will always Sin Big, re-member, and work to pirate back what was stolen from us by patriarchy! Thanks to you I plan on being a revolting hag! Because of you, language has new/ancient meaning for me. Thank you with all of my heart. I didn't know you, but I love you and count you as my friend. You will forever be a part of my life.
I look forward to meeting you someday/somewhere.
Jackie Koss
May 8, 2010
May you be merry daily in your wicked wanderings, inspiring women for centuries to come as you have inspired me. With deep gratitude for your life, your teaching and your challenges,
Darla J. Fjeld, Torrance, CA
March 30, 2010
Mary, I treasure the hours of dialogue slipping through past years at unexpected points of connection. Oh meta-word-crafter ever shall you be remembered by all who embrace truth. Blessed Be(e)s, Kamado
March 26, 2010
At 81 I think its fair enough to be dead. Dorothy Porter gone too, recently Ruby Hunter and so many more.
Enjoy the good company. We will continue couraging along in the foreground cloaked in your gifts plotting our sins...
Kerry Lee
March 22, 2010
maybe the best way i can honor you is to make sure my daughter reads your books!!!
natalie
March 10, 2010
Mary, I envision you continuing your journey as a Pirate spiraling through other worlds/dimensions/experiences by simply Being. My world here now misses your presence, Mary.
Rise Riyo
February 19, 2010
Her words reached in and opened me. I was/am forever transformed. I will be welcoming Cottie into my home. May Mary's spirit rest easy.
Kim Rivers
February 8, 2010
She was one of my greatest teachers - opening my mind and heart to what luminosity lies in the heart of all of us. To be sure, my world was rocked! I was never the same after being taught by Mary. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Laureen Smith
February 5, 2010
I met you through friends, read all of your writing, sat in the back of your classes at BC while I was in BC/SOM. My way of thinking was forever transformed by your brilliance. What I most enjoy is laughter even in the midst of insanity.
Thank you! Linda Belmont,MA
February 4, 2010
O Mary! O Emily! O Linda! O all those sisters who were in Mary's class with me in l971-3 at Boston College! And then I was back again in the 1980s, even more amazed at the luminosity of this woman--surely the most brilliant thealogian of the 20th century. I can't say she made my life any easier.
But she gave me the courage to BE.
And I hope to be part of her Memorial
Service in the Spring.
Emily Culpepper/Mary Hunt, please contact me! linneapearson@gmail.com
Rev. Linnea Pearson
January 31, 2010
Oh Mary,

How can I thank you enough...I lived my life in darkness, knowing...feeling the truth...without words to express what I saw all around me...than your book came to me in a syncronistic wave of awakening...my body and soul shook with brilliant colorful waves of truth...How I miss you my true Sister...Voyage on...
Marcia Thibodeau
January 28, 2010
Mary Daly, you were the greatest Nag-Gnostic of them all, and I love you for teaching me the meaning of Ontological Courage and Be-ing.
Your SillySister, PGar
January 25, 2010
Our community used her inspiration to create cronings, a ritual which has spread all over the world now.

Thank you, Mary.
Corky Culver
January 21, 2010
Mary,

It is just a lot for me to process your life and death. That is why I could not come here earlier to post this. But as you and I continued our conversation over 16 years mostly over the phone with some occasional meetings up until a few months ago, our conversation will go on. Anyhow, our connection is inter-galatic beyond expression.

I will let others know what you meant to me. I know you understood what my translation of your first two books in Korean meant to me, you, and all others.

Rest now and stay with us the way you wanted to show us.

Much love and gratitude,
Hye Sook from Upland, CA

P.S. If Xochitl Alvizo reads this post, please contact me at magoism@gmail.com. Mary mentioned your name to me on several different occasions till her last months. I will appreciate it very much to have a conversation with you, Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.
January 18, 2010
Dr. Mary Daly was an original thinker and champion for women. She shook up the patriachal establishment and made many very uncomfortable. I say, "Good for her!" Any institution that marginalizes women and does not treat all people with equality deserves to be and must be challenged. Thankfully, her voice is not stopped...it lives on in her writings. May she rest in peace.
Pat
January 17, 2010
I felt honored, albeit tested, as a male student of Dr. Daly in 1973. My most compelling recollection of this class was our discussion of the concept that the verb "to be" can be spoken in the active voice. I have carried this inspiration as a researcher and teacher in medical science and I have worked to pass it along as a parent to my children. Dr. Daly surely IS to her students an active voice!
Marc
January 17, 2010
We had a discussion group in New Zealand in the late 70's and we read Beyond... and then one of the group brought back Gyn/Ecology from the US after a trip. I'll never forget those books and those women.
Never was anyone like her and never will be.
After a Life fighting and separation; in Death you now Flow with Everything. You may Rest and BE at Peace now
Margaret
January 17, 2010
We give thanks for your life and wisdom. The lives of all women are enriched by your unmasking of the issues keeping women bound to androcentricism. Go well and in peace. Our condolences to your family.
Helena Glavnille
January 16, 2010
Mary Daly you woke me up in the mid-eighties to patriarchy, particularly in the Catholic Church. Your deconstruction of language has been my standard ever since. Continue to weave your magic.
Lesley Frescura
January 16, 2010
What a loss for our Church...what a loss for all people who love God and want only to serve God's people.

PMG
January 14, 2010
Thank you Mary Daly for being my mental, emotional and spiritual mother and the grandmother of my daughter. We are so grateful. Our lives have been blessed through you. Thank you for teaching me to think!

We are forever together in the Sisterhood of Universal Life.
lene elvenyard
January 13, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 13, 2010
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE,PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO MARY'S FAMILY,FRIENDS,&ALL WHO KNEW MARY.
KEN & MARY O'DANIEL
January 13, 2010
She was a very firery spirited person. Thank Our Heavenly Father for His kindness and his mercy.
January 13, 2010
I are deeply saddened over this great lost. Please accept our condolences and sympathy. May God give you the strength to carry on and may you find comfort from His Word, the Bible. 1 Pet. 5:7
Augustine
January 12, 2010
I wish I knew about you sooner, Mary. You seemed to be an amazing person, and even long after you're gone, I know you will continue to inspire women. I think I'll go buy a few of your books now... : )

Blessed be,
Liv (Another Pagan and Feminist/Eco Feminist)
Olivia Key
January 11, 2010
As a senior at BC in 1974 I had the privilege of taking Mary Daly's class, Womens Liberation and Ethics. I was so amazed at what I experienced I took my mother to one and she was as blown away as I was.
When Mary asked me to share my experience with the BC womens bball team in that class I felt validated & empowered. Thank you Mary Daly! I'll be forever grateful. You changed my life. Heretics unite!
Karen Murphy
January 11, 2010
Mary was a classmate at the College of St.Rose in Albany, NY from '46 to '50 when we left
for the next part of our education. I admired both her courage and her conviction and
never changed my mind. I followed her career thru her
writings. She followed the motto of the College which, when translated from the Latin
reads "In thy light we shall see light". She never swerved from that light, nor the courage of her convictions. May she rest in peace.
Catherine Conroy
January 11, 2010
It's likely impossible to measure the impact of Mary Daly's work either within the church or for indivdual faith journeys...But for me, her work was absolutely mind blowing in such important ways. Indeed there was no turning back after my first read. Her defiance of patriarchy, use of language, and challenges to the church on every level were an awakening and inspiration. What a remarkable feminist!
Carol (Edmonton, AB)
January 11, 2010
I am so sorry that Dr. Mary Daly has passed. She will be sorely missed but she did make her mark and left us a legacy.
Jean Hughes
January 11, 2010
Your powerful words have given me the strength to survive in this phallocentric world. My generation of radical feminists is indebted to you, our brave sister.
Brandi Siebertz
January 11, 2010
A rolling crone gathers no moss... Rock on, Mary.

Out here, we'll keep up the Go(o)d Fight!
Holly M
January 11, 2010
I didn't know you, but wish I had. Your words clearly influenced my thoughts, and the thoughts of millions of others.
Carla
January 11, 2010
Blessings on the other side.
Your spirit will be missed.
Your steadfast courage was an inspiration to all striving 'to be'.
"There are and will be those who think I have gone overboard. Let them rest assured that this assessment is correct, probably beyond their wildest imagination, and that I will continue to do so." - Mary Daly
Ellen
January 10, 2010
Thank you Mary for all your wisdom. YOu helped me find my voice!
Carole Volcy
January 10, 2010
Thank you Mary! for encouraging us to challenge boldly and to use language creatively - I SO ENJOY your word-tweaking!!
Dina Cormick
January 10, 2010
Mary was a former neighbor of mine in Newton. My condolences to her family and friends.
Peg Geary
January 10, 2010
Your class when you were working on Beyond God the Father was one of the most influential classes I ever took and confirmed the inchoate thoughts I had. Although you have gone, your work is not forgotten. Carol Delaney
January 9, 2010
Bless you, Mary Daly!

Mary Margaret McGovern
January 9, 2010
Mary, you were the Greatest!!!

June L.
January 9, 2010
Even my cats, Frida and Madame Curie, are sad over your passing. Know that in science, matter can neither be created nor destroyed, and so you live on in the minds and hearts of us all, especially through your books.
Carol Szymanski
January 9, 2010
Dr. Daly:
You shook up my conservative college, TRINITY(!), when you came to speak in the mid-80s. We will all be forever grateful to you for opening our minds. Rock on, Sister!
Hunter Sloane
January 9, 2010
Thank you for expanding my mind as i read your books. Peace!
Lou Ocampo
January 9, 2010
May God bless your soul.
January 9, 2010
I read all your works and became a stronger person both intellectually and emotionally. After studying most of your books at U-Mass I went on to seminary taking more feminist courses. I had friends who met you and they all had a story to tell. I feel I had met you through your books, I could feel your passion and courage. You have changed the world Mary Daly, making it a better place. You will live on forever, between the spaces of the spaces, but you already know this now!
Rev. Barbara Bryant
January 9, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jon Lowder
January 9, 2010
My deepest condolences are with you at this time of need. Know that god
feels your pain as well. Go to him in prayer and he will comfort you very
much.
Missy
January 8, 2010
i was unfamiliar with this lady, but i sure do wish i could have met her---there is great wit in truth--my condolences to all who knew her----

mike george, elmira, ny
mike george
January 8, 2010
Since I first read Beyond God the Father 30 years ago, not a day has gone by that was not enriched by the wisdom of Mary Daly. I would not be the free and happy woman I am without having read her. I am forever in her debt.

May all who long for liberating wisdom be so fortunate to find her work, and may the universe welcome this Distinguished and Daring Daughter back into its infinite beauty.

Blessed be, Mary.
Kay Leigh Hagan
January 8, 2010
Dr. Daly will be missed and it is a deep loss for our world now. We have lost not only an icon but an educated contributor to our world. Dr./Ms. Daly gave so much in education and in opening up minds to different paths of thought regarding her teaching and helping to color our world toward a different fundamental approach. Dr. Mary Daly was a wonderful woman and will be missed by all of us in the feminist community world-wide.
Lynne Sangster
January 8, 2010
We have lost a giant of Christianity. May God give her abundant reward for all the good she has done.
Holy Cross Sisters of Merrill WI
Celine Goessl
January 8, 2010
i was so sorry to hear of marys passing her work had a prfound affect on how isee my self in relaintion to the world around me she will be missed by many.


mary oleary timoleauge west cork ireland
mary oleary
January 8, 2010
I was privileged to have 4 classes at BC from Mary in the late 70s and they changed my life forever. I have taught seminars on Mary's books and thought and influence and impact and hope that has helped others find that challenging, original voice touching their lives.
Joanne
January 8, 2010
I pray peace for her soul. Peace for those she left behind. May the peace of God gives strength to those that she loved.
Kettly Duchatellier
January 8, 2010
Mary Daly, Even in death you encourage us! Thank You, Thank You, Thank you for your wise and divine words for so many years. Now it is time to rest in peace. Goodnight...
Jeanne McCormick
January 8, 2010
Mary Daly changed my spiritual life when she said in Beyond God the Father, "I don't think of God as a noun, but rather a verb, as in the verb 'to be.'" At that point, she took the patriarchy out of religion and gave me permission to define my own God, much as AA continued to do so later.
Cate O'Donnell
January 8, 2010
I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to the family. May you allow the loving memories of your life together hold you thru this difficullt time.-----
Lynn
January 8, 2010
I read her book Gyn/Ecology and was blown away by the knowledge I received! Mary Daley rest in peace and thank you for your constribution to women around the world!
g i
January 8, 2010
I was introduced to the powerful work of Mary Daly when I was a Frances Perkins Scholar at Mount Holyoke College. Reading Beyond God the Father changed my life by opening my mind and heart to new ways of thinking and being in the world, in my religious points of view and in my womanhood. Thank you Mary Daly, for your bravery, passion and fearlessness. Wherever your spirit has gone to rest and rejunvenate, may you be at peace.
Eileen Drumm
January 8, 2010
After the death of his close friend Lazarus, “Jesus gave way to tears.” (John 11:35)
The grief experience by families and friends in connection with death does bring tears, so we would like to extend our sympathy and condolences.
Duval Sewer
January 8, 2010
O her fine outrage! Along with holy laughter and alliteration!

Mary Daly's participation in the Sagaris summer in Vermont in the early 70s was what drew me there. A favorite photo in my own Book of Life is of Adrienne Rich and Mary Daly, both gotten plump, embracing with radiant faces - THAT was a heavenly hug, for sure!
Julia Aldrich
January 8, 2010
I had no idea who you were until today. I am going to call my local library and find out about Mary Daly and share it with my sister. I love all the posting that are written about you. I am going to gain a wealth of knowledge about myself I am sure through your writings. Rest in peace because I am becoming a new crusader and I have not read any of your books yet. I love reading about strong women to learn how to adjust my life to be the best I can be for me. Wish I could have been in attendance at one of your lectures but I will pick up from your books. My kind of woman one who knows what she wants and how to use her mind to get it.
Bobbi
January 8, 2010
Will celebrate her life by re-reading all my Mary Daly books and giving voice to them again. Jill W. [MA]
January 8, 2010
Her legacy will live forever.
RIP
Flow Balgood
January 8, 2010
Loved her books, and learned so much from them. Patricia
Patricia Harben
January 8, 2010
It takes strength like Mary possessed to go against the norm and find your own place. Great person!
January 8, 2010
Because of Mary Daly and women like her, I have had more opportunity than my mother, and my daughter more than me-what a fabulous legacy!
adriane jagger
January 8, 2010
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Susan
January 8, 2010
Every Feminist of my generation was influenced by this great woman. I am saddened to hear of her passing...and I'm greatful that she will pave the way in the next phase for the rest of us. What an amazing woman...we are all richer for her having shared herself with us. Condolences to all who loved her.

Wendi Dragonfire
Netherlands
Wendi Dragonfire
January 8, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Anna
January 8, 2010
I didn't know you, but wish I had. RIP
January 8, 2010
May you rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski
January 8, 2010
Thanks for opening my eyes that I might see. I can't imagine you resting but I can sure see you spinning and sparking. We were blessed by your presence and your writing will keep us company forever.
Robyn Kermes, BUSTH '83
January 8, 2010
You were the best of us, Mary Daly. Your words will keep the fight for justice high and hot for generations to come.
John Dash
January 8, 2010
Mary Daly's book "Gyn-ecology" changed my life-learning. I will continue to hold her as one who has moved this world, opening doorways of escape from patriarchy. Condolences and gratitude.
Chaplain Gloria Krasno
January 8, 2010
Death is not the end. She surely knows now, that there is a God who loves her.
After a near death experience I can testify of it. Peace to her family.
Natasha
January 7, 2010
I had the honor of meeting Dr. Daly when she spoke at the University of Oklahoma. I was a young feminist, but had no clue what I was in for that evening. Her shocking and frank lecture moved me. I was uncomfortable, but at the same time, could not wait to meet her afterward. We had the chance to visit while she was here, and it was an incredible conversation. Herstory was changed!!! God love you Mary Daly. I still have your books that you signed especially for me. Thoughts and prayers to Nancy and all of her chosen family.
Sarah Evans
January 7, 2010
mary, for your courage and inspiration... you will be remembered. you remain a beacon in the wilderness. travel well and blaze the trail for us to follow...
d quinn
January 7, 2010
Dear Dr. Daly, a lovely life well lived, you and we can say of you. Alas, you lived life on your own terms. You were a brave trailblazer and laid a smoother path for the rest of us women to journey. You, indeed, are one who make me proud to spell my name w-o-m-a-n, thank you. I humbly bow before you, your brilliance and formidable work. Rest, Sista Girl, rest. You have fought a brave fight and excelled us all. You WON!!!! HOORAY!!!! Professor Co Hutchison, Valencia C C
CoCintheane Hutchison
January 7, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
maria tavares
January 7, 2010
With wild words of wisdom and uncompromising courage- you pulled the curtain back on patriarchy brilliantly, transforming all who dare to read the truth. You are my authentic teacher and sister spirit. Your books bless my life beyond measure. Read Mary Daly (Daily). We women can change the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
May your spirit spin free!
Gale Fairchild
January 7, 2010
To the the family of Mary Daly - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow,I know that Mary will be missed by many.
R Golay
January 7, 2010
Thank you Mary Daly for helping me become the sixty-year old woman I am. Thank you Mary Daly for informing my politics, my spirituality, my feminism--my very being. Thank you Mary Daly for helping me grow as I raised three daughters who carry on the struggle. Thank You, Mary Daly.
Janet Irwin
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