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Monday, July 28, 2008

Lipstick Leadership: Evangelist Willa Short - Doug Wead's Story!

Doug Wead is a presidential historian and New York Times bestselling author. He has been an advisor to two presidents and served on senior staff at the White House of George Herbert Walker Bush.

"My grandmother, Willa Short, was an evangelist, a woman preacher in the Pentecostal Holiness tradition. I am only now beginning to understand what she went through. We have this trunk full of old letters and newspaper clippings. A Birmingham newspaper refers to her as the 'first woman preacher to stand in a pulpit in this city.'

The reality is that her husband walked out on her and she had no other way to support her daughter, my mother. I found a letter from my great-grandmother to Willa Short, describing her daughter's Christmas morning. Wow. Sure helps me understand my mother better. She really lost both parents.

In the Depression, an abandoned woman had to survive, and if that meant storming the male-owned pulpit, well, so be it."

- Doug Wead, author of "All the President's Children" and "The Raising of a President"
See President Ronald Reagan talking about Doug Wead

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