Women who play important roles in the Bible include Mary Magdalene, Ruth and Mary, mother of Jesus. While Ruth appears in the Old Testament, the other women appear in the New Testament.
Ruth, who started as a childless widow, became the great-grandmother to King David. She was known for being a poor foreigner who showed loyalty and friendship to Naomi, an older widow.
Mary, mother of Jesus, became pregnant with Jesus and married a carpenter named Joseph. She was originally from Nazareth, but traveled with Joseph to Bethlehem where she gave birth.
Mary Magdalene, originally from Magdala, was one of Jesus' faithful followers. She stayed by his side during his crucifixion and according to the Bible was the first person to whom Jesus showed himself following his resurrection.