The idea of a ‘witch’ was usually female in Western Europe, but not so in Orthodox Russia – partly because of the period’s rigid social hierarchies.
Accused men were protected by the SBC while the women who dared to speak up were called sluts, adulteresses, Jezebels and even agents of Satan. A scholar of evangelicalism writes about this culture.
Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.
As Muslims congregate in their local mosques in communal prayer for Eid, the Women’s Mosque of America, located in Los Angeles, will provide an exclusive religious space for its female congregants.
Women’s contributions to global Christianity are immense, but scholars’ understanding is hampered by limited data.
Judith Kaplan became the first American bat mitzvah in 1922. The Jewish coming-of-age ceremony has become more popular for girls ever since.
Two researchers collected data from Muslim women in 34 countries on their views on wearing sports hijab. Here is what they found.
Three female academics discuss how women are forging new pathways in faith leadership throughout religions that traditionally have been patriarchal.
Religious leadership roles for Orthodox Jewish women are expanding, including community scholars and guides on Jewish law.
LDS leaders still stress that men should ‘preside’ over their families. But in recent years, messages about marriage have stressed more equal partnership.
The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which in 2021 began on Nov. 28, focuses on the story of the Maccabees. But women are also heroes in stories about that era, including Judith and Hannah.
Witch trials relied on a medieval text called the “Malleus Maleficarum” – a book this reference librarian can hold in her hands.
Interest in Wicca and witchcraft appears to be increasing, but what exactly is Wicca in the first place?
A religion data analyst scraped the texts of all Southern Baptist resolutions over the last 150 years. Here’s what he found.
A scholar of gender and religion who grew up Southern Baptist explains how literal teachings on the Bible inform members’ views on women.
Younger and older American men tend to identify more with being religious ‘nones’ than women of the same age, but between 35 and 45 the rates merge. A data and religion expert probes why.
The response to the sex scandal that led to Jerry Falwell Jr. resigning as president of Liberty University falls into a gendered pattern often seen among evangelicals.
Kurdish women have fought on the front lines of military battles since the 19th century. A scholar explains the origins of Kurdistan’s relative gender equality in a mostly conservative Muslim region.
A controversy has erupted yet again among Southern Baptists over women’s preaching. An expert explains how despite this 300-year-old controversy, Baptist women have shown remarkable leadership.