When Pope Francis addressed Congress on Thursday, he spoke of several Americans from whom inspiration could be taken, including one Dorothy Day, leaving some to ask: “Who?” Time dug into their archives and shared their findings on this remarkable woman. Day, who died in 1980 at age 83, was the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and a zealous proponent of social justice. Historian David J. O’Brien, who was quoted by Time when she died, wrote of her: Day was “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” She was arrested a dozen times, the first as a suffragette in 1917, the last during a workers’ demonstration in California in 1973, and took part in scores of labor and antimilitary protests, according to the magazine’s obituary. Although agnostic in her youth, when she “took a Marxist lover, joined the young labor movement and wrote for far-left newspapers like the Masses,” she later felt moved to join the Catholic church. In the 1930s Depression-era, she launched the periodical The Catholic Worker and was actively pro-union, anti-poverty, pacifist and anti-government.
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