Feminist theologian Mary Daly dies at 81
She had been ill for some time, Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said today.
Daly had a stormy 33-year tenure at the Jesuit university.
She challenged the patriarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in her writings. She said she barred men from her class because women did not freely exchange ideas with them present, though she did privately tutor men.
In 1999, the university ordered her to accept a male student who threatened to sue. She took a leave of absence and filed a lawsuit. It was settled in 2001 with her retirement.
Photo: Mary Daly in 1999. Credit: Associated Press