A Grade essay on feminism views of religion

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Evaluate the feminist view on the role of religion in society today
In society, feminist maintain that religion is a patriarchal institution that reflects and perpetuates
gender inequality. Many religious appear to support the subordination of women. For example,
Orthodox Jews and Catholic forbid women from become priest or obtaining other positions of
power. Kate Armstrong views this as evidence for women's marginalisation in religion and
reinforcement of their position as second class citizens. However, the position of women is
changing. Since 1996, the Church of England has allowed women to become priest. Therefore,
feminism is only partially right to argue that religion serves to reinforce gender inequality as the
status of women is changing within religious organisations.


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