Advance Praise

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 18: Mayim Bialik attends the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – OCTOBER 18: Mayim Bialik attends the 9th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel on October 18, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

What a brave and powerful examination of observance and empowerment; of living within boundaries and embracing the possibilities they reveal. The importance of appreciating the challenges and simultaneous beauty of living inside of a system of observance cannot be overemphasized. This compilation does all of that and more. Mayim Bialik, Emmy Nominated Actress for The Big Bang Theory

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, a Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, a Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

One after another these Faithful Feminists from Abrahamic traditions tell of their journey through bias and discrimination to clarity and peace. The struggle can come within religious traditions or in secular settings, but all lead to a fuller understanding of fidelity in a complex world. In their telling many of their stories mirror and nourish my own. I am grateful for their bold willingness to share their insights and stimulate my reflection giving rise to the certainty that we are all sisters in this quest. Thank you!
Sr. Simone Campbell, Nuns on the Bus

The stories shared in Faithfully Feminist paints for us the varied and textured reality of women’s feminist expressions of faith in all their complexity. They defy any claim to simple, dualistic perspectives of how feminists should relate to patriarchal religious traditions. Life cannot be so reduced. These women’s stories are a testimony to the vastness of human strength and creativity and the transformation that is possible at the intersection of feminisms and religions. These women speak for themselves and we are the better if we received their gift and listen to their voices. — Xochitl Alvizo, Feminism and Religion


What brings one to faith and keeps one ‘faithful,’ especially in religious communities that remain densely patriarchal? As the narratives in this anthology attest, these are such ineffably personal questions that no woman can answer them for another.  Perhaps that is just as well since it allows us to learn from each other’s struggles how to be present to the divine in our own distinctive ways. — Asma Barlas, Ithaca College, Author of “Believing Women” in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an.


Faithfully Feminist is a creative collage of witty, tantalizing, courageous, honest, and provocative faith stories. The writers share from the sacred places in the heart and urge us to answer the question, “why do we stay”? Their diverse stories affirm that feminism is necessary to the faith and practice of us all for we are all God’s people. These heartwarming stories challenge the boundaries that patriarchal religions place on women and celebrates the significance of listening and attending to women’s faith voices. — Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Georgetown University

Read this book–to plunge immediately into the world of why women bother sticking with the worlds’ sexist religious traditions– because they want to transform them! In the words of the savvy editors of Faithfully Feminist, “to live a feminist and religious life is an art… it requires being graceful and bold, cunning and creative.” This is precisely what this strong collection of writing is all about. — Laura Levitt, Temple University

Faithfully Feminist provides a much-needed antidote to the voices of men who so often overwhelm the narrative about “correct” faith and religious practice. These moving stories from Christian, Jewish and Muslim women affirm that not only can faithful women be feminists, but also show how feminists are changing their faith traditions from within by challenging patriarchal interpretations of religion. A must-read for anyone interested in how feminism is reshaping the face of modern religious practice. — Patricia Miller, Author of Good Catholics: The Battle over Religion in the Catholic Church

This is a richly textured, intellectually and ethically challenging book—especially for readers like me. As a religious traditionalist, I need to hear these voices. I may not always want to hear them, but I need to hear them. Their honesty, depth, commitment, and energy are compelling. This book attests to the vitality of our several traditions and to the moral integrity of the thinkers who work to stay within them. — Alan Mittleman, The Jewish Theological Seminary
 
In today’s world, expressing faith is often as contentious as claiming feminism. Faithfully Feminist brings the two together like cinders in a fire longing for oxygen. Sparks fly as Muslim, Jewish, and Christian women invite us into their stories of standing up for their equality and full humanity while deepen their faith. The diversities and continuities of their experiences of the divine and commitment to their communities ignite and illuminate faith and feminism in ways that enrich each tradition. Stunningly eloquent, powerfully honest, a must read! — Kate Ott, Drew University, Author of Sex + Faith

Faithfully Feminist is a must read for anyone eager to tear down biases and stereotypes surrounding the loaded concepts of both religion and feminism. This beautifully written anthology finally provides a loud and clear voice for women who are proud to call themselves feminists and believers, and serves as a wakeup call to those that believe feminism is incompatible with religion. An inspiring book! — Shaheen Pasha, Assistant Professor of international Journalism at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and former reporter for Dow Jones, CNN and Thomson Reuters

 

 

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