Turning the Tables on Gender and Religion

"Turning the Tables on Gender and Religion," a new project at The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University, seeks to make public religion more gender inclusive by amplifying women’s voices in traditional public theology discussions and establishing a new platform for conversations about women’s religious ideas.


Across all societies where religiosity has been measured, more women than men are religious. Yet, women remain curiously absent from much of public religion. Understanding of religion in the public sphere is highly skewed toward male perspectives. We seek to correct this imbalance through a social science-led paradigm shift that aims to make public religion more gender inclusive. “Turning the Tables on Gender and Religion” will offer a new positive vision and practice for public religion by bringing women to the existing table of discussions around issues of ongoing importance to traditional public religion, such as religion and politics, and involve men in a broader range of discussions about gender.

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