Hon, think about it. What does St. Paul say about Timothy’s mom and grandma? They had faith before he did. The tradition is that he got it from them, as many Christians are known to have learned the faith at their mother’s knee. (Pagans often complained about Christian women spreading this strange new religion among their friends, employers, and kids.)
St. Gregory of Nyssa, a bishop and theologian who was one of the siblings of the great St. Basil, was a cradle Christian from a whole family of saints, and was descended from martyrs. But he credited his big sister St. Macrina as his real teacher, and even wrote a recollection of their talks at her deathbed that he modeled after things written about Socrates and other famous philosophers. Look up “On the Soul and the Resurrection”; it is a pretty fun blend of religion and philosophy, including St. Macrina’s argument for God from the invention of automata (sort of like Greek animatronic robots or toys).
Look at the Gospels. Jesus, as a rabbi, was accustomed to ask questions of people he thought were clever students, able to become teachers, in order to make them think and argue. But unlike most rabbis, he asked women questions – even pagan women.
I could go on and on…
Not everyone is called to be a priest. But we are all called to spread the Gospel and defend the hope that is in us, in our own ways and according to our own gifts from God.