Women's Anger Inspiring Prophetic Action: A Mini Spiritual Retreat

Tuesday, December 1 1 – 4 p.m.

Online - Zoom

Soraya Chemaly wrote Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger to reform society’s understanding of anger. When women express anger, they are criticized, ridiculed, ignored, and deemed irrational. Chemaly poses multiple questions which will be explored during the retreat: "What would it mean to ungender our emotions? What would the world look like if we expressed emotions without condemnation? What do we lose, personally and as a society, by not listening to women’s anger or respecting it when it does have a voice? How does our treatment of women’s 'anger-free emotionality' relate to democracy and put us at risk of authoritarianism?"

This retreat will follow Chemaly’s exploration of gender and emotions to reform our own relationship with anger. It will challenge how we have been socialized to villainize anger and ignore our own. Additionally, this retreat will invite participants to delve deeper into reflection, connect with their emotions, and hopefully inspire them to use their emotions as a motivator to be advocates for justice.

The retreat is composed of three parts:
1) An brief overview of Chemaly’s book
2) An exploration of women throughout history using anger for social justice
3) Connecting Ignatian Spirituality, Catholic Social Thought, and emotions by using the Examen

After each part, small groups will have the opportunity to reflect on what was presented and answer reflection questions. Once the small groups are finished, all participants will come back to the larger group and briefly share what was discussed in the groups. After the closing reflection, participants are welcome to stay for a happy hour.

While the focus is women’s anger, this retreat is open to all USF faculty, staff, and graduate students.


  • 1:00 PM Meet and Greet
  • 1:10 PM Opening Reflection
    1:20 - 1:50 PM
    2:00 - 2:40 PM
    2:50 - 3:30 PM
  • Closing Reflection
    3:30 PM
    3:40-4:00 PM Happy Hour

Sponsored by The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought & the Ignatian Tradition. Cosponsored by University Ministry at USF and the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center at St. Agnes Parish.