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Women’s Evolving Influence in Male-Led Faiths

Women are finding new ways to influence male-led faiths

By Thalia Plata and Emily Costello — January 11, 2022
(The Conversation) — Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.

Here’s how Southern Baptist women found ways to lead outside the denomination

By Susan M. Shaw — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Many Southern Baptist women who left the denomination took leadership roles in other churches, educational institutions and organizations.

Orthodox Jewish women’s leadership is growing – and it’s not all about rabbis

By Michal Raucher — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — Religious leadership roles for Orthodox Jewish women are expanding, including community scholars and guides on Jewish law.

What partnership looks like in Mormon marriages is shifting – slowly

By Caroline Kline — December 14, 2021
(The Conversation) — LDS leaders still stress that men should ‘preside’ over their families. But in recent years, messages about marriage have stressed more equal partnership.

More Orthodox Jewish women are ordained; change is uneven

By Yonat Shimron and Ilan Ben Zion — December 14, 2021
(RNS/AP) — While the larger Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have ordained women rabbis for decades, the Orthodox fold has only recently begun tapping women to leadership roles.

Mormon women’s influence expands despite priesthood ban

By Holly Meyer and Lindsay Whitehurst — December 14, 2021
(AP) — While women are not filling the leadership roles traditionally held by men, 'women’s positions are being expanded.'

Amid tension, Southern Baptist women lead where they can

By Bob Smietana Of Religion News Service and Holly Meyer Of The Associated Press — December 13, 2021
(RNS/AP) — Few congregations could function without the work of female members. Still, there is tension in the Southern Baptist Convention over the role of women.

In Hinduism, women create spaces for their own leadership

By Deepti Hajela — December 13, 2021
(AP) — Women in Hinduism globally lead by building communities, taking on positions in organizations and passing on knowledge.

In Buddhism, women blaze a path but strive for gender equity

By Luis Andres Henao — December 9, 2021
(AP) — As Buddhism has grown in the West and Asian Buddhist societies have been influenced by feminism, there’s more awareness of the importance of women’s leadership.

Buddhist nuns and female scholars are gaining new leadership roles, in a tradition that began with the ordination of Buddha’s foster mother

By Jue Liang — December 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — Traditionally, Buddhism has been opposed to women taking on leadership roles. However, nuns in many Buddhist-majority countries are challenging the patriarchal rules.

Women breaking through to top roles in Black churches

By Adelle M. Banks and Peter Smith — December 9, 2021
(RNS/AP) — Most major Black Christian denominations in the U.S. have no doctrinal bar to ordained women leaders. Yet denominational leadership remained all-male until the 21st century, and women are still the exception in the top rungs.

Barred from priesthood, some Catholic women find other roles

By Claire Giangravé and David Crary — December 8, 2021
ROME (RNS/AP) — A growing number of women hold consequential positions in the church and at the Vatican.

Women seek diverse paths to leadership in Islamic spaces

By Mariam Fam and Aysha Khan — December 8, 2021
CAIRO (AP/RNS) — The formal ranks of Islamic leadership remain largely filled with men, but many women are finding other paths to leadership.

Nuns against nuclear weapons – Plowshares protesters have fought for disarmament for over 40 years, going to prison for peace

By Carole Sargent — December 8, 2021
(The Conversation) — A Catholic historian writes about nuns who protested against nuclear weapons. Even when convicted of sabotage, they used prison time to serve fellow inmates and push for justice.

Women lead religious groups in many ways – besides the growing number who have been ordained

By Deborah Whitehead — December 8, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of gender and US religious history explains how women are trying to make religious communities more inclusive. Women’s ordination is only one piece of this ongoing work.
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