America ranks 30th in the world on a report called "State of World Mothers"
A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink will examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation’s institutions and economic future, and promote modern solutions to help women strengthen their financial status.
"But even as far as we’ve come, women are still one class of people who are set apart, separated, and given less value and worth by multiple religious traditions. Religion has defined women by their maternity—just one dimension of a woman’s multifaceted humanity. Religion has defined women as “helpmates,” as too irrational to lead, too intellectually limited for the public dimensions of life. Though they are endowed with the same degree of sense, reason, and intellect as men, women have been locked out of full humanity and full participation in religious institutions and society at large. This marginalization of women masquerades as “protecting” them and even “exalting” them. Instead, these attitudes serve to deny the human race the fullness of female gifts and a female perspective on life.As a result, women make up two-thirds of the hungry of this world. Women are two-thirds of the illiterate of this world. And women are two-thirds of the poorest of the poor, because they lack access to the resources and recognition men take for granted. That’s not an accident. That is a policy—one supported by religious institutions that call such discrimination “women’s place” and “God’s will.”"
Bridget Mary Meehan's Response to Shriver Report: "A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink"The Shriver Report is a stinging indictment of the world's religions that continue to discriminate against women and blame God for it. The full equality of women is the will of God in our times. Roman Catholic Women Priests are leading the church into living Jesus' example of Gospel equality now. We are a holy shakeup that offers a path to a more open, just and inclusive Roman Catholic Church. Bridget Mary Meehan, Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, www.arcwp.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr Joan Chittister responded