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Equality is a term used in the context of religion to describe fair treatment, personal rights, community membership, and privileges in a particular context. Equality is not a simple concept, since its definition and application vary between different countries and cultures. Equality in religion is intertwined with political, societal, and economic facets of culture as well.


Discussions about gender equality in religion typically focus on empowering and alleviating oppression of women in traditional religions. Feminist theologians in developed nations advocate for gender-inclusive language, equal leadership roles for women, and a celebration of feminine spirituality in traditional rituals. Many religious traditions—Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism—face challenges related to women's leadership and involvement.

One example of the struggle for equality for women in Christianity is the battle over female ...

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