Today’s Women’s History Month Moment features the spectacular Suzanne Fountaine because today is her birthday and also because she is worthy of being profiled! She was my first hero and has always been there for every important moment in my life. She inspired me to dream big and to work hard to accomplish those dreams. She was the first person in our family to move away from our small hometown and make a life of her own in a big city, and in doing so, let me know that this was a possibility. She was my real life Mary Tyler Moore. Her first career was as a teacher and speech and hearing therapist, and then she was a pre-school director. And, then, without skipping a beat, she entered seminary and became a United Methodist minister. In this role, she was the pastor at a Reconciling Ministries Network church, which means that it “mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.” This was at a time when few clergy members were women and even fewer were willing to open their church doors to all. Then she retired and got a dream job working in a bookstore! Suzanne has been a trailblazer all her life, but even more important, she is a caring, compassionate, empathetic person who makes the world a better place just because she lives in it.
Update: And now she’s moved “back home again [to] Indiana” where she belongs.