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On Leaning In
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Sandberg’s big nod to work-life balance is that she leaves the office at 5:30 to go home for dinner with her children, and then spends another couple of hours working at home. Every day! ...

Tensions Flare Over Women’s Prayers at Sacred Western Wall
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday that Jewish women will not be arrested if they try to recite the mourner’s prayer at the holy site, despi ...

Pope Francis Says Women Play a ‘Fundamental’ Role Within the Church
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Wednesday said women play a “fundamental role” in the Catholic Church as those who are mostly responsible for passing on the faith from one generation to the next. ...

Churches Must Step Up to Help Abused Spouses
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

There’s a sad history in too many Christian churches of pastors telling abused wives that their duty is, as one author noted, “to trust that God would honor her action by either stopping the abuse or giving he ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery by Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim / Thank You, ...

The Cost of 'Perverted' Preaching
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Lynne Hybels We're seeing a slow but sustainable transformation of cultural attitudes toward gender and sex. ...

Top 4 Reasons Jesus Is My Favorite Feminist
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Jesus is my favorite feminist. So, in the spirit of International Women’s Day, I offer you the top 4 ways Jesus included women as full members of his posse. Last Friday was Intern ...

To Protect and To Heal
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press. OVER DINN ...

Stand and Support the Violence Against Women Act
Originally Posted: 02/07/2013 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

The Violence Against Women Act is up for a vote in the Senate next week, and Americans from every corner of the country are calling our policymakers to reauthorize this important legislation. ...

Reading the Bible as a Trickster, Feminist, Patriarchal Dad
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

What if I read Scripture looking for “salvation, freedom, and liberation” for my two daughters? To know that God created them in God’s own image. That they, like each one of us, will strive to construct meanin ...

V-DAY: Stop Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

This Valentine’s Day, the One Billion Rising campaign will launch events around the world to call for an end to violence against women and girls. Each day, more women and girls a ...

Rethinking Modesty
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 9:29am | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, the only thing that could be said about clothing was that it should be “modest,” and ideally not too “worldly.” “Modesty” was proof-texted from 1 Timothy 2:9: “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not w ...

Is Gender Equality Killing Women?
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a feminist, which means (to me at least) I support the elimination of barriers to access for all people, regardless of their gender. But in spite of that, the equality that follows such effor ...

In Kabul, Widows and Orphans Move Up
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Yet the community in Kabul seems agreed — we heard it mentioned at some point during each visit — that their greatest need and greatest hope is to somehow give their children an education. ...

Love in Action on Valentine's Day
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang Feb. 14 "One Billion Rising" events aim to end violence against women. TAMAR’S LIFE COUL ...

Water as a Women’s Issue
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 4:11pm | Type: Blog

On Friday, the day before World AIDS Day 2012, I had the privilege of attending World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World luncheon in New York City. Strong Women, Strong World is a new initiative “supporting s ...

Why Women are the Key to the Church’s Future
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Anyone who has been paying attention has noticed that, of those left within the walls of most churches, the majority still hanging in there are women. I’ll preface this piece my ...

Four Questions for Kelvin Hazangwi
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 12:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anne Marie Roderick Kelvin Hazangwi, executive director, Padare/Enkundleni Men's Forum on Gender in Harare, Zimbabwe ...

The Circle of Life
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Nyambura J. Njoroge Adapted from "Women as Compassionate Champions: The Doers and the Leaders," by Nyambura J. Njorage, in Wome ...

Rock the 'Slut Vote'
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A blog post written on the website of the Christian Men's Defense League — yes, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of white American Christian men is apparently a thing — blames Mitt Romne ...

Weapons of Terror
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 8:42am | Type: Blog

Who would have thought that in the 21st century, the seeming weapon of choice would not be some sort of super-nuclear missile or an ultra-deadly biological toxin, but that it would, instead, be women? ...

Women, Foreign Policy, and the Presidential Debate
Originally Posted: 10/22/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to Melanne Verveer’s article in Foreign Policy magazine, I’m going to be listening for what the presidential candidates say tonight about women in this foreign policy focused debate. ...

Malala Yousafzai Recovering
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by Taliban, is recovering in Britain. Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl who was shot by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan for her activism, is ...

Adventists Call Female Ordinations 'Serious Mistake'
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 9:10am | Type: Blog

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tuesday said recent decisions by two regional bodies to allow ordained female pastors were "serious mistakes," and women who are ordained won't be ...

Ladies: Need A Pick-Me-Up?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Take a few minutes to remember that our differences — whether it be crooked smiles, frizzy hair, or 6-foot-frame — to others look like character, enviable natural curls, or modelesque stature. You're beau ...

Mormons Lower Age for Missionaries: 19 for Women, 18 for Men
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: Blog

In a surprising move that promises to transform Mormon social and spiritual dynamics, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 6 announced that it is lowering the age of full-time missionary ser ...

Being Like Deborah
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Betsy Shirley What in heaven's name does "biblical womanhood" mean? Rachel Held Evans embarked on a yearlong journey to fi ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation —  Half the Sky — Between God & Gre ...

The Presumption of Equality
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Women still are forced to operate as second-class citizens in the church. EVER SINCE THE ap ...

Group House Gives Women a Place to Discern Their Calling as Nuns
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

In what is being described as the first of its kind in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New Orleans has transformed a vacant church rectory into a group house where single women will live together while deciding w ...

A Way Out of No Way
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Diana L. Hayes Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality by Diana L. Hayes AFRICAN-AMERICAN ...

GODSPEED: Female Swimmer Accused of Doping, Found Not Guilty
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

For those of you who don’t speak in sports lingo or Britishisms, that translates to “Chinese coaches reject claims that their star swimmer, Ye Shiwen, has been taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs.” ...

Women and the Olympic Gaze
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Even as I have watched (and enjoyed) the London Games with conflicted emotions, I find myself more and more uncomfortable with the ways the presentation of the Olympics serves to reinforce harmful assumptions ...

The Consequences of Opting Out of Medicaid
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Nation, Bryce Covert examines how state-level opt outs of Medicaid expansions will affect women. Writing for The Nation , Bryce Covert examines how stat ...

Melinda Gates: 'I'm a Catholic, But Women Need Access to Contraceptives'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

EDITOR'S NOTE: Melinda Gates talks to the Guardian (UK) newspaper about reconciling her Catholic faith  — the wife of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says she attends mass regularly — with her work promoting family planning. Gates was i ...

Beauty and Liberation
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

E. Ethelbert Miller A tribute to artist Elizabeth Catlett WHENEVER I entered a museum gallery and saw sculptu ...

Men Can't Have It All, and Why They Never Did
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 7:34pm | Type: Blog

Maybe you can’t “have it all.” But why is that the question to begin with? Why does this topic of conversation perennially rear it’s head to make women feel like they’re not doing it right? And why is the ques ...

Why It Matters Whether a Toy is Thin and Sexy (Or Not)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Every toy/image transformation does some basic variation on the theme of “thin down and sex up.” So the ‘t hinner-and-sexier evolution ” series is kind of winding down, as there ...

10 Reasons Why I Don’t Know What Century I’m In
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Running through my handy list o’ headlines, it’s a little bit difficult to tell what era we're in. I give you the 10 reasons I don’t believe that it’s really 2012 No, I didn ...

Paycheck Fairness Act Fails, as Expected
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the Paycheck Fairness Act came before the senate, seeking to close the wage gap between men and women. And as expected, the bill failed to pass, resulting in only 52 supporters, short of the 60 need ...

Vatican Censors Nun’s Book on Sexual Ethics
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Blog

A long-simmering conflict between the Vatican and American nuns erupted again on June 4 when the Vatican's doctrinal office issued a scathing critique of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret ...

So You Think You Can Vote?
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

This anniversary may have passed you by, but on this day in 1919, The US Senate passed the 19th Amendment. Almost seventeen months after being introduced by the House of Representatives, women were given the r ...

From the Archives: June 1990
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Maria Riley Women's Concerns With the publication of the second draft of the National Conference of Cath ...

The Vagina Dialogues
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter We've come a long way, baby. Or have we? Is it too much to ask legislators to speak cogently about women's health? ...

When You're Afraid to Be Who You Are
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 8:31am | Type: Blog

I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with an enormous amount of anxiety when meeting new people. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? I am a bubbly extrovert who struggles with a ...

Unable to Work, Indian Immigrant Women Turn to Spiritual Practices for Comfort
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 8:55am | Type: Blog

LOS ANGELES -- Even though she met her husband through an arranged marriage, Pooja Sindhwani considers herself a modern woman. She worked in interior design in her native India for four years, and she and her ...

In Celebration of Women
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: SojoMail

May 10, 2012   QUOTE OF THE WEEK "SNAP participation at f ...

In Celebration of Women
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Here at Sojourners, we’re taking the entire week to celebrate not only mothers, but all women who have made an impact on our lives. For their strength, heroism, charity and wisdom, ...

Women, Storytelling, and Activism Merge at MAKERS
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

MAKERS is a documentary project where dozens of short reflections and dreams are gathered to promote the ways a diverse collection of women are transforming the planet into a more holistic and habitable place. ...