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Women and Religion

Study Reveals Women Are More Religious Than Men

Live Science | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion

Despite the fact that most historical figures are male — such as Jesus, Muhammad and the Buddha — and that most conservative religious institution...

New Anthology Celebrates The Foremothers Of The Women's Spirituality Movement

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion

From meditation circles to sacred retreats, women today have endless opportunities to congregate with one another and develop their spiritual lives. T...

The Magical Thing That Happens When Women Get Spiritual Together

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion

One sunny afternoon in August 2015, 19 women descended upon a campsite in the Yosemite National Forest for the three-day Sweet Water Women’s Retreat...

Why Some Feminists Refuse To Give Up On Their Faith

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.01.2015 | Religion

(RNS) In the moments before Jennifer Zobair converted to Islam, she had one pressing question for the imam, about a verse in the Quran that seemed to ...

Seventh-Day Adventists Vote To Deny Women's Ordination

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Seventh-day Adventists voted Wednesday (July 8) not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors. The vote at their 60th Genera...

Stop Policing Women's Bodies

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

We can teach our children there's a time and place for cocktail or beach attire without shaming girls for their bodies. And we need to teach and show boys that a girl's attire or presence at a party doesn't mean she's fair game.

Folk Religions Around The World Are Thriving Thanks To Women's Leadership

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) In her Georgia home, Tammy Bloome says her rosary to Santa Muerte, a skull-faced version of the Grim Reaper in woman’s garb. In Maryland, S...

Christian Disdain of Women as Terror Weapon? No Way

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Men have run the world for a long time. We can easily see where this unbalanced and abusive gender dominance, including "manly Christianity," has gotten us. It is ugly and destructive. It is beyond time to bring women to the table at both local and high, global levels for peace and security.

Christian Women Looking for Action in 2016

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Women of faith are increasingly seeking to elect those who commit to the betterment of women's lives and recognition of our contributions, cherished freedoms and autonomy.

Pope Francis Has a Woman Problem

Jennifer Labbadia | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Labbadia

Shortly after his election, Francis called for a new theology of women, saying that "it is necessary to broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the church." To date, the church hasn't gotten the memo.

9 Ways Religious Women Broke Down Barriers In The Last Year

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

March marks Women's History Month, a time to celebrate and critically assess the ways in which women's rights have and have not progressed around the ...

I Used to Be a Muslim Fundamentalist. Here Is My Story.

Ladan Archin | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Ladan Archin

Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, the question I hear most often is "why would a Western-educated individual become so radicalized?" While everyone's path is unique, I wanted to share my journey, albeit from a female perspective, to help make sense of what has led -- for some -- to senseless acts of violence.

Alexander the Great through Jean Racine's eyes

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

It was no accident that the great Hellenist French dramatist of the 17th century studied and worked on Alexander! He is one of the unique writers and ...

Violence Against Women

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

November 25 has been enacted and instituted by the United Nations Council as the Day against women's violence in remembrance of the Mirabal sisters wh...

Lessons Learned from the Atheist Alliance of America Convention

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

While I don't entirely consider myself an atheist, I was thoroughly impressed with the caliber of speakers and activists in the atheist community. I realized how important the atheist movement is to challenging systematic ideologies in the political, social, economic and religious realm.

The Woman's Status in Islam

Alexandra Symeonidou | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Alexandra Symeonidou

We cannot disregard the status of the native women who live as genuine "products" of their human oppression who effortlessly accept their degrading part not only because they are not aware of anything different.

Redefining Spirituality, One Church for All

Andreea Nica | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Andreea Nica

As a former lover of Christ and ex-Pentecostalist, I had countless visions and dreams that one day I would be a spiritual leader. While growing up in the charismatic church, it was even prophesied that one day I would become one.

Prisoners of Conscience: Jewish Women in the Holy Land

Vanessa L. Ochs | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Vanessa L. Ochs

I would like to hear their promise of support, now, rather than hear reports of their moral outrage later. I would like those who are signing the plan to insist that their participation in an aspect of it is contingent upon official decriminalization women's group prayer at the Kotel.

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

Being Out of Order

Carole Ganim | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Carole Ganim

People always want to know why I ever entered the convent in the first place. I left the convent for the same reasons as I had when I entered sixteen years earlier: I felt the Spirit's call and the call of conscience.

How Feminism Hurts Men

Micah J. Murray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

Because of feminism, church stages and spotlights are often dominated by women. Men are encouraged to just serve in the nursery or kitchen. Sometimes men are even told to stay silent in church.

Mormon Women Wear Pants To Church, Get Death Threats

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.21.2012 | Women

Mormon women want to be the ones (also) wearing the pants ... in church. In a sartorial protest for greater equality within the Church of Jesus Christ...

Over Half Americans Believe In Miracles

David Briggs | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Even as more people appear to be turning away from organized religion, a new study finds that the number of Americans who definitely believe in religious miracles increased 22 percent in the past two decades.

God of Our Foremothers -- Why I am a Feminist Jew

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I am a feminist Jew because the God of my foremothers doesn't recognize a caste system and because I'm angry over the injustices too frequently lorded over Jewish women.

Ramadan Reflection Day 25: Women In The House Of God

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I never really understood why some mosques are so comfortable in creating spaces for women that really are just disrespectful, both of the women themselves and the ritual that they are coming to undertake.