Women Religion Revolution
In a world where women’s issues are political issues, feminism and religion are incorrectly scripted as opposing sides. Drawing on the messages of love and social justice from within their religious traditions, women are leading feminist movements that promote positive social change at both micro and macro levels. The authors in this volume show how religion is fueling women’s efforts to revolutionize the world. The stories collected here call us to recognize these revolutions and to go forth with renewed courage and boldness.
"...many of the revolutions women are leading have a more localized expression as they continue the important work still needed to create a socially just society. The revolution we are focused on in this volume is not a revolution writ large in which the aim is to topple state governments, nor may it have the impact of changing the discipline of religious studies as was the case with the feminist theology that grew out of the women’s liberation movement in the eighties and early nineties. It is focused on the persistent and faithful work that most often happens on a small scale every day in women’s lives and contributes in dismantling oppressive systems of injustice and harm at every level, at times starting with those embedded in our own religious traditions. This revolution occurs in various ways with different strategies, from disrupting norms in the home to launching organized efforts that challenge oppressive structures within religion..."
Traci C. West wrote:
"This is a very stimulating book. This volume brings together nineteen interesting articles from women from a variety of religious and social traditions. A good book to read and to own as a resource in women's experience of feminism and religion."
Rosemary Radford Ruether, Professor of Theology, Claremont Graduate University
Margaret Toscano wrote:
"This is feminist religious thought at its most courageous and creative. The narratives by these authors offer inspiring, revolutionary, spiritual insights about women’s lives, bodies, and violence."
Traci C. West, Professor of Ethics and African American Studies,
Drew University Theological School
"The women in this volume are bold in uncovering persistent problems and rethinking new possibilities for thought and action. Their essays are personal, based on the authors’ own experiences as Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Mormons; but they articulate their insights in ways that reverberate in many different contexts. These essays touch on all areas of concern for women: reproduction, sexuality, body image, violence and abuse, poverty and wealth, spiritual power and women’s ordination, the sacred and the Divine. These essays will inspire you."
Margaret Toscano, Associate Professor of Comparative Studies, University of Utah
Xochitl Alvizo loves all things feminist, womanist, and mujerista. She dedicates her work to bringing a feminist focus to theology and the study of religion, including feminist and queer theologies, congregational studies, and ecclesiology. Her work is inspired by the conviction that all people are inextricably connected and what we do, down to the smallest thing, matters. She is cofounder of Feminism and Religion and is cofounder of the Pub Church, Boston. She teaches in the area of women and religion, and the philosophy of sex, gender, and sexuality at California State University, Northridge.
Gina Messina earned her PhD at Claremont Graduate University. She is assistant professor of religion and gender studies at Ursuline College and cofounder of Feminism and Religion. She writes for the Huffington Post, has authored multiple publications, and most recently coedited the highly acclaimed Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (2015). Messina is a widely sought after speaker and has presented across the United States at universities, organizations, and conferences, and on national platforms, including appearances on MSNBC, Tavis Smiley, NPR, and the TEDx stage. She has also spoken at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations to discuss matters affecting the lives of women around the world. Messina is active in movements to end violence against women and explore opportunities for spiritual healing.