We find the Prophetess Anna in the temple at the time of the Birth of Jesus Christ. Her history is one of holiness and sobriety. She lived with here husband from her virginity, and after his death, she was free to do as she pleased, and serve God in the Temple with fasting and prayer day and night. Before this time she could not give all of her time to the ministry for she had to care for the things of her husband, and revere his position as the head of that union. We must remember that no matter the position God calls us to, we must agree with the scripture to submit to our own husbands.
1Cor:7:34: There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
As she was in the temple, she announced the arrival of the Messiah to the Jewish people there in. Later when Jesus arose from the dead, it would be women that He showed Himself to, and who would announce His ressurrection
37: And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38: And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.