My name is Jo and I have written a book called "If Nuns Ruled the World" in which I chronicle the adventures of 10 incredible nuns who have broken boundaries and shattered stereotypes.
Hey, I am Jo Piazza. I was inspired to write the book "If Nuns Ruled the World" while writing my masters thesis at NYU about how nuns use social media.
I was utterly charmed by how bad-ass nuns could be. The women I chronicle in my book are brave, inspiring and completely shatter the stereotypes most of us have about nuns.
Sister Megan Rice is currently serving time in prison for breaking into a nuclear arms facility; Sister Simone Campbell rallied against Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget plan and income inequality; Sister Nora Nash confronted Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein over excessive executive pay during the recession; Sister Joan Dawber provides housing and rehabilitation for modern day sex and labor slaves.
Sister Jeannine Gramick fights for gay and lesbian rights. Sister Madonna Buder has competed in more than 40 Iron Man races (she's in her eighties). Sister Donna Quinn is adamant about a woman's right to autonomy over her own body in the fight over whether a woman can have an abortion.
I wrote this book because these women deserve to have their stories told. I think you will find them as incredible as I do.
And here is proof I am me. I'm in Macedonia where I just bought honey from some amazing Orthodox nuns who live high up in the mountains.
That was an incredible AMA. I had such a blast. Please stay in touch and ask me anything else on Twitter @jopiazza. I am always happy to chat nuns, pizza and super heroes. It's getting late in the Balkans and if I don't get in a run Sister Madonna will be incredibly disappointed in me.
Have a wonderful day and hug a nun if you come across one. They deserve it.