A Catholic Feminist’s Invitation to Live Boldly, Love Your Faith, and Change the World


a half-handbook, half-manifesto on blending your faith and feminism

What does it mean to be a Catholic feminist when St. Paul instructed women that they were to be subject to their husbands and many modern women balk at this teaching? Is there a way Catholic women can be faithful to the Church’s teaching while also recognizing they are more outspoken than those who regularly quote 1 Corinthians 14:34 at them might prefer? Can women go to a talk that doesn’t involve how we should treat boys or whether or not leggings are pants? 

In Girl, Arise, author Claire Swinarski discusses these questions and more in the same way that she does on her podcast of the same name: with energy, faith, and a passion for truth. Fed up with women’s retreats that spent more time focusing on modesty than the purpose of women in the Church and feminist manifestos that didn’t leave room for one to care for the most vulnerable among us, Swinarski takes a step back to explore how we can be both feminists and Catholics, venturing into some of the issues that keep the two divided.

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Like a retreat minus the stale granola bars and trust falls, Girl, Arise dives deep into moxie, Mary, and the real meaning of love. Pour some wine + pull up a chair—there’s room around the fire for you.

Girl, Arise challenges today’s Catholic woman to embrace her moxie—her strength! Claire Swinarski’s shoot-from-the-hip delivery employs scripture, the Catechism, and some pretty hefty saints to make a commonsense case for being Catholic and feminist in a culture that often misunderstands both.
— Maria Morera Johnson, author of My Badass Book of Saints

It is abundantly clear that Claire Swinarski’s ferocious young heart has fallen madly in love with Jesus and His messy, glorious, miraculous Church. If your feminine heart needs a jumpstart—or a shock treatment—Girl, Arise will read as refining, humorous medicine.”
— Liz Kelly, author of Jesus Approaches


ABOUT the author

Claire Swinarski is the creator + host of the Catholic Feminist Podcast, a top-ranked spirituality podcast for Catholic women who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional. Talking to thought leaders like Helen Alvare, Christopher West, Audrey Assad, and Leah Darrow, the podcast discusses women and their place in the Church. Claire has written for The Washington Post, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, Vox, and more. She’s also been featured on Pantsuit Politics, The Strategy Hour, Diapers and Disciples, Shalom Sistas, How-To Catholic, Catching Foxes, Jesuitical, The Catholic Hipster, and CatholicTV.

Claire has degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin and lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two kids.

She also writes in the third person, apparently.