International Women's Day, celebrated March 8, and National Women's History Month both commemorate the rights and freedoms of women in the United States and around the world. The debate on the place of women in our culture effects every segment of society, from the secular to the sacred. Controversies continue to abound, from the question of whether women skiers would be allowed to jump in the Torino Winter Games, to the controversy in evangelical circles over the gender-inclusive language of the TNIV (a recent Bible translation). LeaderU has a number of excellent resources on the role of women in culture, and women and Scripture, which shed light on this important topic.
Bibliography: Women's Studies
New! From LU's sister site http://christianacademics.com/, a bibliography on the role of women in the Church and in society, including books on women in ministry and evangelical feminism. Other classic articles from LeaderU.
From the LeaderU Special Feature Archives: The Significant Other
March is recognized as Women's History Month. Many popular media outlets commemorate this month by tracing, perhaps even celebrating, key moments in the feminist movement. But is the development of feminism the primary story in the history of women? Indeed, should contemporary feminism even be considered the movement that best defines the needs and interests of today's women? We have put together a special focus on this issue.
5 Lies the Church Tells Women
Bolin looks at lies about women propagated in some ultraconservative corners of the Church, such as Lie #3: "Women Can't be Fulfilled or Spiritually effective without a Husband or Children." Inspired by J. Lee Grady's Ten Lies the Church Tells Women.
Women in the Military
Chapter 25 of Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric takes a look at the history of women in the military, myths about women in combat, and examines polls, inside and outside the military, about the role of women in the military.
Women in Ministry: An Exegetical Study of 1 Timothy 2:11-15
A Bible scholar examines the original language and biblical context of this much-debated passage of Scripture.
Books in Review: Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage, and Feminism
Mary Ann Glendon
A First Things review of a book by historian Christopher Lasch, who examines the history of the fight for womens' rights and weighs in on womens' role in the workplace.