On March 17, the world celebrates the feast day of St. Patrick, a zealous, fifth-century British bishop who became famous for spreading Christianity in Ireland. Patrick is Ireland’s main patron saint. But a fifth-century abbess is stepping out of the shadow of the better-known St. Patrick, and has finally received her own feast day.
Despite the demonstrated popularity of this clothing among women, many myths persist. Without physical or historical proof to interrogate whether these garments were as restrictive or painful as they were made out to be, such myths are hard to overcome. This is where reconstruction comes in.
The phrase “stained glass ceiling” has been used to describe the limitations encountered by women in religious leadership roles. Although much progress has been made, more subtle forms of discrimination and limitations on women’s opportunities for advancement persist. The gender pay gap among clergy is far worse than the national average.
In some religions, women are barred from serving as clergy or excluded from top leadership roles. Nonetheless, women have broken into influential roles in these male-led faiths. How are these women forging new pathways in these traditionally patriarchal religions?
In recent years, many Buddhist nuns have taken on leadership roles that require either ordination status or academic degrees, all of which was quite unheard of in Buddhist monastic traditions in the past.
Sportswomen, despite making professional commitments and complying to professional expectations, are often treated as amateurs. However, many women athletes have been reluctant to question inadequate workplace conditions as there is often a “be grateful” narrative enveloping women in professional sport environments.
Research has established a startling 27-point disparity between each gender’s respective confidence levels during adolescence as characteristics of overthinking, people pleasing and perfectionism kick in. Many feel that it is time to address the disparity in terms of sports uniforms that may push female athletes out of competition.
In its review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, the Australian federal government asked for feedback on how the nation can improve workplace gender equality. Three researchers argue that, to be effective, an intersectional approach is required.