The Relationship Of Religion And Women Has Sparked National And International Debate Over The Years

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Amanda McKenna
Dr. Lydia Willsky-Ciollo
Religious Studies 101C
17 December 2014
Religious Women in the Workplace The relationship of religion and women has sparked national and international debate over the years. Religion is an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods, and is very important to a specific person or group. People find comfort in religion to answer questions such as ‘where did we come from?’, ‘what is our place in the world?’, and ‘what happens to us after we die?’, as well as other internal mysteries. These questions are central to the five major religions of the world, but for the purpose of this paper, I will be focusing on the two most popular religions of Christianity and Islam. Both of these religions are geographically prevalent in their own areas of the world. Christianity is most common in North America, specifically in the United States, and Islam is most commonly practiced in the Middle East. In both Christianity and Islam, women maintain certain roles. Although these roles have been altered because of society’s changing expectations of women, one could argue that it was religion that caused those changes. This paper examines how women in the United States and Middle East have faced discrimination in society and the workplace because of their beliefs regarding the religions of Christianity and Islam. Christianity is presently the largest religion in the world with close to two billion
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