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In the history of the Catholic Church, laywomen and women in religious institutes have played a variety of roles and the church has affected societal attitudes to women throughout the world in significant ways.
Women constitute the majority of members of consecrated life within the Catholic Church: in 2010, there were around 721,935 professed women religious.
Prominent women in the life of the church have included Old Testament figures, and the Virgin Mary and female disciples of Jesus of the Gospels.
Known influential individuals range from theologians, abbesses, monarchs, missionaries, mystics, martyrs, scientists, nurses, hospital administrators, educationalists and religious sisters, many of whom have been canonized as Catholic saints.
Motherhood is given an exalted status within the Catholic faith, with Mary the Mother of Jesus officially known as Queen of Heaven.
The special role and devotion accorded to Mary and Marian devotion has been a central theme of Catholic art.
There have been many female saints and many devotions started by women.
Medieval abbesses enjoyed considerable power and influence, and women religious have played an important role in Catholicism through convents and abbeys, particularly in the establishment of schools, hospitals, nursing homes and monastic settlements, and through religious institutes of nuns or sisters such as the Benedictines, Dominicans, Sisters of Saint Francis, Loreto Sisters, Sisters of Mercy, Little Sisters of the Poor, Josephites, and Missionaries of Charity.
In the early 21st century, the largest of all religious institutes for women was the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, with around 14,000 members.
Religious vocations for women have been declining in Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Through its support for institutionalised learning, the Catholic Church produced many of the world's first notable women scientists and scholars - including the physicians Trotula of Salerno (11th century) and Dorotea Bucca (d. 1684) and the mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi (d. Four women are honoured as Doctors of the Church: German mystic Hildegard of Bingen, Spanish mystic Teresa of Ávila, Italian mystic Catherine of Siena and French nun Thérèse de Lisieux.
Other Catholic women have risen to international prominence through charitable mission works and social justice campaigns—as with hospitals pioneer St Marianne Cope, Mother Teresa who served the poor in India, and anti–death penalty campaigner Sister Helen Prejean.
The Catholic Church has influenced the status of women in various ways: condemning infanticide, divorce, incest, polygamy and counting the marital infidelity of men as equally sinful to that of women.