Sara Hurwitz: The First Orthodox Jewish Rabba

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. At this point in history, nearly every religious denomination allows women to be members of the clergy. […]

Anne Hutchinson: Foremother of Religious Tolerance

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Patriarchy still rules the roost when it comes to the world’s most popular spiritual faiths. Women are […]

The All-Women Chasidic Band That Will Rock Your Stockings Off

From the Crown Heights neighborhood in central Brooklyn, known for its large Chasidic community, comes a fresh-sounding, repeat-button-worthy all-women rock band: Bulletproof Stockings. Comprised of Perl Wolfe, Dalia Shusterman, Elisheva Maister and Dana Pestun—all Chasidic Jews—Bulletproof Stockings mixes heavy vocals with light melodies, their music carrying echoes of Chasidic melodies and incorporating drums, piano and […]

Will Pope Francis Walk the Talk on Sex Abuse?

Actions speak louder than words seems to be the phrase on many lips in light of Pope Francis’s recent apology to those who have survived sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic Church leaders. Just as his predecessors Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II did, Pope Francis met with a few survivors of sexual abuse, […]

Simply Divine

“Witches!” I stood in a darkened Orthodox church almost 20 years ago while a small Cretan woman proclaimed this to a young priest in heavy, black Orthodox garb. The intense matriarch yelled in a shrill voice. The young man had no other choice than to force our all-woman tour group from the church. At first, […]

U.N. Takes Vatican to Task for Priest Abuse and More

Last month, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child held a hearing for Vatican leaders to address child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and the church hierarchy’s role in protecting perpetrators. Today, it issued a report urging the Vatican to take measures to prevent such things from happening in the future. The committee […]

Pope Condemns Income Gap, Ignores Gender Inequality

Not long after the white puffs of smoke blew through St. Peter’s Square in March to announce his election as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis set many a progressive heart aflutter, especially with regard to his oft-stated concern for the poor of the world. The recent release of Evangelii Gaudium, the pope’s […]

Misogyny at the Wailing Wall

Every month for the past 24 years, a group of Jewish women of many denominations meet at the Western Wall, a holy site in Jerusalem, to pray and worship together. They have been met with violent opposition, including tear-gassing, thrown chairs and brutal police arrests. These brave women call themselves The Women of the Wall, […]

Does God Have a Gender?

With all the headlines about new abortion laws in various states and Supreme Court’s deliberations on same-sex marriage, there’s no escaping the politics of sex and sexuality these days—or the role of religion in shaping the culture’s conversation about such subjects. While we aren’t likely to come to consensus on these issues anytime soon, we […]

She Can Play Football–But What Happens Next?

Eleven-year-old Caroline Pla has been playing football since she was in kindergarten. But two games into her second season with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), the young athlete was banned from her team because she was a girl playing a full-contact sport. With support from her team, though, Pla and her family started an online […]