By Caitlin J. Collins | November 17, 2018 11:17amCaitlin J, Collins, who grew up in a conservative Christian household, decided to take a more political stance as a teenager and went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms.
She is now a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Austin.
In her new book, ‘I Wanted to Believe,’ Collins tells the story of how she discovered her beliefs and the life she led as a young woman.
She said she learned the importance of self-determination through the writings of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who founded the Stanton Institute for Human Rights.
Collins was raised in a family of Evangelical Christians, but later went on the road to evangelical churches and churches of her own, where she learned that “the Bible was not an excuse for bad things.”
Collins said her beliefs about God’s plan and how the world should operate have shaped her life.
She said she hopes her book will encourage women to stand up for what they believe in, even when that means speaking out about the oppression of women and their right to be heard.
“The goal is to help women and girls realize that the system of oppression they’re facing is not just about them, but it’s about us,” Collins said.
“It’s about their own bodies, it’s their own futures, it is about our children and our grandchildren, and that is the true threat to us.”
Collins also believes the Bible should be used to help guide the country’s policies.
“My hope is that women and people of all faiths can find common ground in our quest for justice, tolerance and compassion, and we can see that we have more in common than divides,” she said.
I want to believe: A Woman Spoken Out on Herself and What It Means to be a WomanIn her book, Collins explains how her mother, a pastor, encouraged her to find meaning in the words she used to speak out against discrimination.
“I thought about what I could say that was consistent with what she taught,” Collins recalled.
She also said she has a “very particular” relationship with God.
“He wants me to believe, but I also believe in his power to change the world.
He gives me a sense of hope and a desire to be good and to make the world better.
I believe that if we work hard and believe in our faith, we can accomplish more than we have in our lives.”
In her time as a professor, Collins has been asked to speak at universities, colleges and high schools, among others.
She has also been asked by prominent politicians, including U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and U.C.L.A. President Judy Burrell, to address college campuses.
Collins said she had “the opportunity to speak for so many years at different universities, and to hear many different voices.
I think that that’s important because that tells you that there are more women in the world, but the message is also that we can all work together.”
We have the power to make a difference.
“Collins believes the future lies with women who want to lead and not just speak for themselves.
She hopes the book will be a way for women to reclaim their voices and make their voices heard in the political process.”
I want people to be able to see how much they can change the way things are done,” she told ABC News.