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The role of women in the Catholic Church is a hotly debated question. Although some important writings have come from the Church, there's still a substantial gap between what is written about women and what people commonly perceive.

Like most people I think, when asked where you see women doing great work in the Church today you'd likely conjure up an image of a heroic woman like Mother Teresa.

But, if you were to be more specific and ask a person to give a few examples of lay women making a difference in the Church, I bet you'd see a lot more blank stares.

But why? With the majority of women in the Church having chosen the lay vocation why is it so difficult to point to examples of lay women making important contributions to the life of the Church?

This begs the question, what's a woman's place in the Catholic Church look like? Do women really have a place?

Follow Salt and Light producer Cheridan Sanders as she speaks with women from around the world about how they see themselves in relation to Holy Mother Church.

Thomas Rosica, CSB
Executive Producer

Gita Hosek
Executive Producer

Cheridan Sanders
Director, Host, Writer, Producer

George Hosek CSC

David Le Ross

Marc Boudignon

Sr. Helen Prejean
Writer, Death Row Activist

Vera Baboun
Mayor of Bethlehem

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo
President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services

Sr. Gil Goulding
Systematic Theology, Regis College, Appointed Observer at Synod on the New Evangelization

Kerry Robinson
The Leadership Roundtable

Flaminia Giovanelli
the Under Secretary, at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Kara Eschbach
Founder, Verily Magazine

Maria Voce
President of the Focolare Movement

Hanna Suchocka
5th Prime Minister of Poland. Member of the Council of Women World Leaders. Poland's Ambassador to the Holy See from 2002-2013. She is also a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican. Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Cindy Wooden
Vaticanista, Catholic News Service, Rome Bureau Chief

Leah Darrow
Fashion Model and Catholic Speaker (Steubenville Conferences)

Mrs. Barbara Dowding
Vice-Chancellor, Archdiocese of Vancouver

Dr. Josephine Lombardi
Assistant Professor, St. Augustine’s Seminary, Diocese of Hamilton

Dr. Jennifer E. Miller
Professor, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

Denise Grimard
Holy Family Apostolate, missionary, mother of four children

Andrea Lefebvre
Holy Family Apostolate, missionary, mother of five children