Feminism & Religion

Gina is Co-founder and Co-director of Feminism and Religion, a project that brings together multiple feminist voices from around the world to dialogue about the “f-word” in religion and the intersection between scholarship, activism, and community.

In the 1970′s and 80′s, a flowering of research into the study of women and religion arose within the academy.  Feminist theologians such as Rosemary Radford Ruether, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Delores Williams, Riffat Hassan, Rita Gross, and Judith Plaskow examined and reinterpreted their various traditions, as they analyzed androcentricism within their sacred texts, working to uncover the liberating insights buried within.  Some scholars such as Carol Christ focused their attention upon Goddess worship in the ancient and contemporary world, while others, such as Mary Daly, chose to abandon tradition entirely.

Important work in women’s studies in religion continues as more attention is paid to the intersection between gender, race, culture, and sexual identity, within feminism and religion.  However, no online forum had existed where these contemporary scholars of women and religion can gather for community and intellectual collaboration.

The Feminism and Religion project was established in the hope that feminist scholars of religion — and all who are interested in these issues — would utilize this forum to share their ideas, insights, and experiences, so that the community of thinkers would be nurtured as diverse and new directions are explored.  Thus far, the project has been incredibly successful in offering such a space with readers in 181 countries and continues to act as a medium for feminist community.

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