As 21st century women, we pride ourselves on no longer being regarded as second-class citizens, and yet many of us follow religious dogmas whose inherent doctrines exclude us from full communal participation.
While most religions embrace elements of humanism, which is beneficial, and many progressive ones have modified their texts; others construct a view of women that is condescending and autocratic. These embedded doctrines are often bypassed as though we are unable to discern them.
Ironically, women have traditionally formed the backbone of religious observance, service and support. Are characterizations that depict us as tainted, incompetent and subservient acceptable? In order to achieve true equality, these inequities should be acknowledged and addressed.
Paula Ann Costis
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