When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.
It was women who found the empty tomb, and first brought this news to the disciples. Why did God entrust this important role to a group of women? The apostles didn't even believe them, but had to go and see for themselves. Jesus trusted that the women would be doing exactly what was required of them, and knew they would come upon the empty tomb first, before anyone else. I can't pretend to understand the reasons behind this plan, but it includes women in a most pivotal role. This encourages me and reminds me that I am part of a bigger plan, and have a role to play.
Holy Lord, I am blessed to be a part of your plan. Lead me. Amen