Yes & No

Many religions provide no barrier to gender equality whatsoever. Unhappily this is not true of all religions. Should an especially devote Catholic woman aspire to be an ordained minister in her religion, she simply cannot do so. Her religion is most definitely a barrier to gender equality. To achieve her religious goal she must change her religion. She doesn’t have to change her God. She can still be a Christian and a monotheist, but she does have to change her denomination. This stands in contrast to Hinduism where both men and women can be ordained as priests or regarded as a guru. Anyone aware of the history of religion knows that many religions have recognized female deities, while other religions deny that their deity has any gender whatsoever.

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