Women's Gender Roles in Religion

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Carolina Oquendo
Sociology of Gender
Final Project

Gender roles in religion have always been a controversial topic. All of the major world religions belittle women to some degree. It is not a secret that women have historically gotten the short end of the stick, so to speak, when it comes to how they are treated and viewed in religion. After researching this topic, I can safely say that the women do all the work and the men take all the credit. Women are treated less than equal to men in most religious settings. Below I will touch upon women’s roles in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, the Rastafari Movement, Mormonism and Islam and how they have in fact, gotten the “short end of the stick” and how women have been
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It is evident by what is set forth above, that the Christian religion has not given women the same importance it has given men.
Judaism is the way of life of the Jewish people. The religion follows the Hebrew bible and believes that it is the expression of God with the children of Israel. According to Jewish law anyone born of a Jewish mother or someone who converts into Judaism is considered a Jew. Their faith is based on the laws revealed to Moses and recorded in the Torah. The role of women in Judaism has historically been seen as very docile. Women’s obligations and responsibilities are different from men’s in the Jewish faith. In Judaism, unlike Christianity, God has never been viewed as exclusively male. They also believe that women were created with greater intelligence; however, they are discouraged from pursuing higher education or religious pursuits. It is often said that if women pursue higher education they will neglect their families and their jobs as wives and mothers. The traditional role of a woman in Judaism is that of wife and mother and nothing else. This role should be priority over any other undertaking, including any religious gatherings or proceedings. In Hebrew, women are referred to as “Chavah” or “the mother of life”. Jewish women are taught from the time they are very young that women were created for the sole purpose
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