Around the world, women have been making notable advances in many realms, serving as heads of government, leading corporations and universities. Yet in several major religious denominations, women are barred or limited from serving as clergy and excluded from the uppermost leadership roles.
Nonetheless, hundreds of millions of women are devoted to these male-led faiths, and some — often breaking barriers along the way — have found leadership roles they can play.
How are women forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal? Change comes slowly but there has been a palpable shift.
Religion News Service, The Associated Press and The Conversation have teamed up to produce a series of stories portraying some of these women and the faiths they embrace.
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