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Red Ajah's IWW: Women and Religion (by Jeneba)


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The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics (or religion!!), and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

IWW website

 

Women and religion. Most of you can hear the big heavy doors shutting women out of every religious arena, right? As in other areas of life - art, literature, science - women have found it difficult to serve in the church. Of course, in religion, it is said that God is opposed to women in leadership/authority roles. It's hard to argue with that, right?

 

Argue with it we must!! This is a hot button topic for me as I'm sure it is for many of you. Below are links for you to peruse in order to have a better understanding of the evolution of womens' standing and role in religion. I've included Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism so we can bless and curse more than just our own set of beliefs or our own. I'll post about Hinduism first (starting out with where I'm weakest) and post about the other religions as we go along. Have fun and be nice!

 

Hinduism

A. General article about women in Hinduism from Wiki Women in Hinduism

One of the thing I think is very noteworthy is that there are godesses or godess-type figures in Hinduism. I think that makes it stand out a lot from the other religions we'll discuss. In practice, though, I'm not sure how much that changes the woman's status in the religion or the societies that base themselves on Hinduism.

 

B. Women's role in a Hindu family

C. Holy women in Hinduism

 

Source: Red Ajah's Internation Women's Week: Women and Religion

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