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The Shriver Report examines the problem of poverty as it pertains to women. Phot

Despite the seemingly overwhelming odds facing women, it is encouraging to see how so many are truly pushing back from the brink. It is time to make public and personal commitments to support our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters, who are disproportionately bearing the burdens of poverty.

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Being the future mother of a girl, I had grand ideas about “protecting” her from human-made gender norms. ... And then this week I caught myself doing something that has the potential to harm my daughter more than being drenched in pink and purple for the next 18 years ever could.

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God, the founder of my Christian faith, does not undermine God’s own teaching. To deny women are equal is to deny what God has said is equal. It is people who are undermining religion, not religion undermining women or other people groups.

Sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept

Today churches are often rocked with sexual harassment and abuse perpetrated by priests and clergy. Yet, sexual harassment and abuse to clergy, specifically clergywomen, is often swept under the rug.

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God created us male and female and said it was good, but America is ensuring that it is pretty bad to be a woman. If the world God envisions is open to everyone, then we need to do our part to make sure that women (over half the population), are just as able to succeed as men.

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About Sojourners Women & Girls

Women are made God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). When Christians embrace this as a core tenet of faith, we can model the human family as God created it to be. All Christians — regardless of gender — are called by God to exercise their gifts with equal authority and equal responsibility. As it says in the early church’s baptismal covenant, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:8).

Since the 1970s, Sojourners has been committed to resisting sexism in all its forms, while affirming the integrity and equality of women and men in the church and in the larger world. Sojourners magazine was one of the first evangelical publications to lift up feminism, and today a new generation is looking to us as a “go-to” place for perspectives on gender justice and women’s voices in faith communities.

Through Sojourners’ expanded multimedia platforms and growing network of partnerships, we are lifting up diverse women’s voices who are passionate about justice and motivated by their faith. Through biblical education, creative advocacy, and bridge building, we champion policies at home and abroad that fortify women’s health and dignity through eliminating gender discrimination and abuse, supporting pay equity, and increase economic empowerment.

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I thought I would offer a few specific reasons why it is important for men to take the time to be with their partners — to be present at their children’s births and during those first weeks or months, whenever possible.
If we are serious about ending the sex slave trade we will need to address some serious issues within every nation in the world, particularly those with male-dominated societies that promote male aggression, provide women with limited or no educational and economic opportunities, and deprive men of solid and symbiotic relationships where they can find genuine intimacy and self-expression for their feelings.
Women of faith have moved hearts, minds, and mountains. They have changed the world by their faithful witness – and changed lives. Through our Women and Girls campaign, Sojourners is working to gather and lift up the voices and stories of these women to inspire a new generation of women to lead on faith and justice.
“I can say things on the blog that pastors can’t say from the pulpit,” Rachel explained, adding that she tries to position the blog as a community where people can safely engage in conversation about things that are important to them — a platform that fosters a different kind of community.
The scriptures reveal that gender justice was self-evident, implicit, and most importantly, a consistent counter-cultural presence in the words and deeds of Jesus.