Dear Feminism, Let's Talk About Religion

Gloria Steinem is right. We have to talk about religion more. When asked at the MAKERS Conference this week “What do you think the biggest problem with feminism today is?” she responded:

Anti-feminism [laughs]. The work that women do is given no economic value whatsoever. We could go on about that. But we all know that. What we don’t talk about enough is religion. I think that spirituality is one thing. But religion is just politics in the sky. I think we really have to talk about it. Because it gains power from silence.

In a piece over at Sojourners, Jamie Calloway-Hanauer notes that Steinem frequently speaks of the effects of religion on the feminist cause. In a 2001 CNN interview, Steinem said, “religion is often politics made sacred. If God is a man, then man is God. We need to return and go forward to the understanding that there is God in all living things, not more in men than women … To believe otherwise is only an excuse for dominating women and nature.”