Religion stands ready to help advance the equality of women. But that does not mean all roles are the same.
Most Muslims would tell you that one of Islam’s great goals was to elevate women’s status in society and to prevent the oppression of women that was common in seventh century Arabia.
After decades of working in the Catholic Church it is clear to me that gender discrimination is fostered both consciously and unconsciously.
In the church, the male assumes a teaching responsibility, but that does not make the woman’s role less significant or less meaningful. It is simply different.
Women in the Mormon faith regularly preach from the pulpit to the congregation and lead prayers during Sunday services.
The absence of a commitment to eliminating gender discrimination is most evident in the denial of opportunities for spiritual or congregational leadership.
Muslim women’s increased participation in Islamic scholarship and leadership is essential if true gender justice is to be achieved in the Middle East and across the world.
Would an all-loving creator assign us to separate spheres of usefulness and then add this caveat: those of you in that sphere should stay there?
It saddens me to think that in a predominantly Hindu society, where on one hand, women are exalted through the reverence of goddesses, on the other, they are ostracized simply due to their gender.
G-d saw beyond gender.
It is time women everywhere woke up to the truth of what religion does to them.
In complementarian traditions there is much to be found that is worthy of respect, even appreciation, rather than prejudice.
Men and women are biologically different and thus can never be truly the same.
Claims that women are “separate but equal” invariably lead more to separation than equality.
Religion has enshrined, as if wished by God, a subordinate position to women, to its shame.
If the holiness of women is suppressed, then there is no divinity that reflects the female experience.
Some religious teaching specifically relegates women to a lower position in the divine creation.
Surely the day is coming when the majority of the world’s religions will recognize the full humanity of half of God’s creation.
The declarations by religious leaders in Christianity, Islam and other religions that women are inferior in the eyes of God are responsible for the discrimination of women all over the world.
God bless equality under the law and blessed differences!