Mary Daly (born 1928) is a radical feminist theologian, a mother of modern feminist theology. She has doctorates in theology and philosophy from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. A former Catholic theologian and nun, she taught at Boston College for 33 years, before agreeing to retire as part of a lawsuit settlement with Boston College.
This feminist icon has provoked strong reactions of both love and hate for her outspoken views. She has been accused of sexism and discrimination, advocating "gendercide", and of course heresy.
Most controversially, Daly refused to admit male students to her classes at Boston College, provoking repeated reprimands from the University and accusations she was violating both university policy and Title IX requirements. The confrontations came to a head in 1998, when she refused to admit two male students into a class she was teaching. Boston College confronted her and demanded she admit the students; Daly announced that instead she would retire, effective January 1999, rather than admit the students. She changed her mind, however, and brought a lawsuit against the college in May 1999, alleging they had violated her rights as a tenured professor. As the case was about to go to trial in early 2001, Daly and Boston College reached an out-of-court settlement, in which she again agreed to retire.
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