In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, I wanted to promote Buzzfeed’s article Feminism in Faith: Four Women Who Are Revolutionizing Organized Religion.
The article highlights four women working within their faith community to bring about change:
Sara Hurwitz: the first publicly ordained Orthodox Jewish Rabba
Kate Kelly: an attorney getting the issue of ordination of Mormon women in the public eye
Elizabeth Johnson: a Catholic feminist theologian, nun and professor working for female ordination
Zainah Anwar: a Muslim journalist and advocate working to reinterpret the Qur’an’s verses that lead to taking multiple wives and beating wives
The article asks:
Why bother? Why fight? If you’re an educated feminist who was born into such a religion, why not convert to another that doesn’t relegate women to a second-class status? For each of these women, the answer relates to not only her devotion to her own faith, but to her community. This is no small thing: By a rough estimation, there are nearly a billion and a half women on Earth who are Orthodox Jewish, Mormon, Catholic, or Muslim.
Take a moment today to learn more about these women who are working for equality in their faith communities.
Who would you add to the list?