California’s women religious are well known for their practical charity—care for the poor, the sick, and the elderly. However, they did not settle for simply salving social wounds. Many sisters have also engaged in the struggle for social justice to correct underlying sources of injustice. They have provided leadership, advocacy, and support for civil rights, the farmworkers’ struggle, immigrant rights, the peace movement, and the sacredness of human life. These works seek to make real the Church’s teaching on social justice.