Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Atiya Aftab speaks to students who dropped by the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
Palestinian women pray in Eastern Gaza City during Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Some of the most important traditions and practices of the Prophet Muhammad were preserved and carried forth by the women closest to him, his wives and daughters. But as with many other major faiths, women in Islamic tradition have largely been relegated to supporting roles throughout recent history.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Atiya Aftab speaks to students who dropped by the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
Palestinian women pray in Eastern Gaza City during Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Some of the most important traditions and practices of the Prophet Muhammad were preserved and carried forth by the women closest to him, his wives and daughters. But as with many other major faiths, women in Islamic tradition have largely been relegated to supporting roles throughout recent history.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Bishops line up to greet Pope Francis during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Catholic doctrine mandates an all-male priesthood, on the grounds that Jesus’ apostles were men. A decades-long campaign for women’s ordination has made little headway, and some advocates of that change have been excommunicated. Women do play major roles in Catholic education, health care and parish administration.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Yusra Syed, left, listens as Atiya Aftab speaks during a meeting at the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Israeli women wear Tefillin, also known as Phylacteries – small leather boxes containing religious texts usually worn by Jewish men, at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Female and male members of The Tabernacle Choir perform during the twice-annual conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Women in the Mormon church are barred from being priests, leading local congregations or holding the top leadership posts in a faith that counts 16 million members worldwide.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Police officers, who are over age 50, pray at the Sabarimala temple, one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The historic temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple.

Women strive for larger roles in male-dominated religions

Rape survivor and abuse victim advocate Mary DeMuth speaks during a rally protesting the Southern Baptist Convention’s treatment of women, outside the convention’s annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
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