Rebecca Chopp, Kecia Ali, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen — Women, Marriage, and Religion
August 1, 2003

Over the last four decades, women's roles have changed dramatically — at home, in the work force and in religious institutions as well. In America, resistance to this is often couched in religious terms. Where there is a backlash against feminism and its repercussions, it is often embodied in religious practice. Host Krista Tippett speaks with three devoutly religious women who also call themselves feminist.

"Creation of Eve" by Bartolo di Fredi, 1356.


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An elderly woman holds the henna-decorated hands of a married Hindu woman as they offer prayers with an oil lamp on the occasion of 'Vata Savitri Poornima' in Mumbai.

"Creation of Eve" by Bartolo di Fredi, 1356.

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Voices on the Radio

Rebecca Chopp

feminist theologian; president of Colgate University in Hamilton, Ny.

Kecia Ali

senior research analyst for the Islam section of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

evangelical Christian feminist; professor of philosophy and psychology at Eastern University in St. David's, Pa.