Jesus was an early feminist because he consistently elevated women as models of faith. Few teachers in the ancient world would tell a story about a widow as an example of faith, but Jesus did. Jesus always flips patriarchal expectations upside down. The man in the story is shown to be a bad model of faith, while the woman is the superior model of faith. She didn’t lose heart in the face of the enormous injustice that confronted her. Life wasn’t going her way. Powerful men ignored her or told her it could never be done. Nevertheless, she persisted. And eventually she won her struggle for justice.