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From the March 2004 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"To tackle poverty, empower women and educate girls," was the message United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan gave earlier this year. "When it comes to solving problems, I believe in girl power,"1 he said.

The UN is just one of the many organizations that now acknowledge March as a month to honor women and their contributions to the world. So it is not surprising that a magazine founded by a woman would ask its authors to offer an international view of where women have been and where they are going.

It has been a long journey, one that began to come into sharper focus around the time when Mary Baker Eddy was designing her Church. Despite obstacles and opposition, she had the courage to face down her own fears and the cruel words of her detractors. This month's segment of "Looking back, looking forward—at the Church Mary Baker Eddy designed" describes the unique system of spiritual education that she established and that is still operating today.

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