Category: Women and Religion

With Her Head Held High

Even after her imprisonment and torture, a Sikh woman relentlessly pursues justice for her father’s murder during the state-sanctioned 1984 violence. By Kalpana Jain

Writing from a Paradoxical Place

A writer considers her tradition’s inheritance of childless women and finds strength in her heroines of Jewish literature. By Courtney Sender

Religion and the BRCA Mutation

Women diagnosed with the “breast cancer genes” share complex stories about the impact of this health crisis on their religious beliefs and practices. By Alexandra Nichipor

Can the Women Do Something?

An inspiring call to action from the Nobel laureate who brought women together across religious, ethnic, and political differences to restore peace in Liberia. By Leymah Gbowee

Articulating a Different Future

A Q&A with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza on her newest book, Congress of Wo/men: Religion, Gender, and Kyriarchal Power. By Caroline Matas

Mourning the Unknowable

Knut Hamsun’s novel Hunger helps a young woman grapple with her memories of a mother who was in the world but not of it. By Meghan Guidry

The Death of The Buddha’s Mother

The lore around Maya, who died soon after giving birth to the Buddha, illuminates the untold, uncounted stories of women who die in childbirth today. By Kim Gutschow

Buddhist Nuns, Past and Present

Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women, translated by Charles Hallisey, and Christine Toomey’s In Search of Buddha’s Daughters: A Modern Journey Down Ancient Roads. By Martine Batchelor

Harvesting Souls

Black Pentecostal women’s altar work is physical and spiritual labor that yields individual and communal rewards. By Judith Casselberry

The Ethics of Representing Disaster

Marta’s story from the Talmud stands within a long history of representing crisis through womanhood, in which visual and textual images of women’s bodies become icons of disaster. By Julia Watts Belser