The body of a woman had become the focus for both state and religion in the United States and women are finally pushing back in many regards. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and other religions have created spaces of hierarchy and patriarchy, creating double standard for men and women and relying on the scriptures to justify the inequality of the genders. From my experience this forceful act have let to many women moving away from the religion structure of spirituality and focusing on individual fulfillment.
A female in general (form, temptation, body) has been seen as an automatic damnation for many religion I think it's time we show how much as a blessing we really are to the world. Maybe one day they'll finally come to their sense and praise women for their magnifying powers. That time may not come too soon, but when the next prophet comes, I'm sure she'll set everyone in the right direction.
Women doing big things:
Fahima Hashim is the Director for Salmmah Women’s Resource Center. She has spent over 25 years working in the area of gender and development, and with a special emphasis on women’s rights and sexuality, violence against women, and peace working with female youth in conflict areas.
Dorothy Wright Nelson is a senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Previously she was the first woman law professor at the University of Southern California and was the first woman ever to be a dean of a major American law school. She and her husband were active in the Baha'i community and held weekly fireside meetings on faith at their home.
Layli Miller-Muro is a prominent voice in the Baha'i community and the Founder and Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that works to protect women and girls from human rights abuses through legal aid and public policy advocacy. Before that she worked as an attorney at Arnold & Porter and an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals.
Daisy Khan is Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), a New York-based non-profit that works to build bridges between Muslims and the general public. She has launched two flagship programs: the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) and Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), global movements to empower Muslim youth and women.
Chung Hyun Kyung is a theologian and professor at Union Theological Seminary. Her research interests include feminist and eco-feminist theologies and spiritualities from Asia, Africa and Latin America; Christian-Buddhist dialogue.
Amma the hugging saint, runs Embracing the World®, a global network of charitable organizations and project. She has embraced and comforted more than 32 million people and is considered to be one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson is Professor of Islamic Studies, founder of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program and director of the Macdonald Center for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.