Georgia Harkness (1891-1974) was a noted theologian, author and hymn writer and the first woman to teach theology in a U.S. seminary. She was ordained a minister of the Methodist Church in 1926 but could not serve a church because a woman could not become a full member of a Methodist conference until 1956. She was a Professor of Applied Theology at what is now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary from 1939 to 1950 and then at the Pacific School of Religion. The UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry offers scholarships in her name for women over 35 preparing for a second career in ordained ministry. Garrett-Evangelical students and faculty can often be seen wearing red shoes at special events in honor of Harkness and her struggles and triumphs as a pioneering woman.
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Some of Harkness’ books