Gender and religion
As my years hanging out with women in the mosque demonstrated to me, women form the backbones of many religious communities yet their religious work is too rarely talked about in public discussions of religion. Indeed, it is difficult to think of women religious leaders who are household names. The solution to the problem of gender disparities in public scholarship on religion requires rethinking structures of public life and how they privilege men’s perspectives and voices over those of women. Along with Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice University) and with funding from the Luce Foundation, I will engage new methodologies to both investigate the causes and consequences of women’s absent voices in public discussions around religion as well as try to help correct this imbalance. In addition to public events at Rice, we will produce a podcast on gender and public religion. Our first episodes will focus on the intersection of gender and religion in immigration, politics, and health. More details to come!