Chiara Lubich and Gender Sociology

  • Giulia Paola Di Nicola University of Chieti


This article sets out those points that define the societal influence of Chiara Lubich on relationships between men and women from the perspectives of sociology and the women’s movements. Di Nicola highlights four structural aspects, including Chiara’s status as a young woman founder, diarchy, sisterhood, and the rule of a woman president. The author also discusses six cultural aspects, including love at the center, the dignity of lay vocations, the conversion of masculinity, the conversion of femininity, going against the current, and wise ignorance. The author presents issues of concern and emphasizes that we are still far from solving the issues in our culture, society, and the church. But the Focolare Movement makes an important contribution, generating in its communities new relationships between men and women and new models of masculinity and femininity.