Feminism and Religion
How Faiths View Women and Their Rights
by Michele A. Paludi and J. Harold Ellens, Editors
March 2016, 390pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

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Despite some apparent conflict in perspective, being religious does not necessarily prevent a woman (or a man) from also being a feminist.

Renowned subject experts Michele A. Paludi and J. Harold Ellens lead readers through a detailed exploration of the feminist methods, issues, and theoretical frameworks that have made women central, not marginal, to religions around the world.

At a conference in 2013, Gloria Steinem noted that religion is the “biggest problem” facing feminism today. In this insightful volume, a team of researchers, psychologists, and religious leaders led by editors Michele A. Paludi and J. Harold Ellens supply their expertise and informed opinions to examine the problems, spur understanding, and pose solutions to the conflicts between religion and women’s rights, thereby advocating a global interest in justice and love for women. Examples of subjects addressed include the pro-life/pro-choice debate, feminism in new age thought, and the complex intersections of religion and feminism combined with gender, race, and ethnicity.

The contributed work in this unique single-volume book enables a better understanding of how various religions view women—both traditionally and in the modern context—and how feminist thinking has changed the roles of women in some world religions. Readers will come away with clear ideas about how religious cultures can honor feminist values, such as family-friendly workplace policies, reproductive justice, and pay equity, and will be prepared to engage in conversation and constructive debate regarding how faith and feminism are interrelated today.


  • Addresses feminism in several religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Taoism
  • Explores how theology speaks to women's experiences in the family, in relationships, at work, in politics, and in education, while also addressing atheist viewpoints and experiences
  • Addresses a subject that is highly relevant in discussions focused on events in the Middle East and as the number of women becoming leaders of or top officials in various faiths continues to grow
Michele A. Paludi, PhD, is an internationally recognized author and consultant in the areas of campus violence, workplace violence, bullying, sexual harassment, and diversity. A frequent ABC-CLIO author/editor, she is series editor for Praeger's Women and Careers in Management and Women's Psychology. Paludi provides training on workplace bullying for academic institutions and businesses and is the author or editor of 52 college textbooks as well as more than 200 scholarly articles and conference presentations. She is in human resources and leadership at Excelsior College and has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, Union College, Hamilton College, and Union Graduate College. Her book, Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus, received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States.

J. Harold Ellens, PhD, is a retired university professor of philosophy and psychology, retired Presbyterian theologian and pastor, retired U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel), and executive director emeritus of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. He has held 15 pastorates, military and civilian, and taught full-time at Oakland University and as adjunct at Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Oakland Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University, and the Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of 235 books and 178 professional journal articles. His published work includes Praeger's The Destructive Power of Religion: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; The Healing Power of Spirituality: How Faith Helps Humans Thrive; Miracles: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal; Understanding Religious Experiences: What the Bible Says about Spirituality; and Psychology and the Bible: A New Way to Read the Scriptures. Ellens was founding editor and editor in chief of Journal of Psychology and Christianity. He holds a doctoral degree in psychology from Wayne State University as well as a doctorate in biblical studies from the University of Michigan.


"Summing Up: Recommended. . . . Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers."—Choice, September 1, 2016

"This volume will appeal to both scholars and general readers interested in feminism or world religions. Ideal for academic and public libraries alike."—Library Journal, July 1, 2016
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