In college, people usually knew me first as a feminist and second as a Christian. I believe this is part of why the second fact was always such a surprise. There’s a perception that religion is always misogynistic; I don’t believe that’s true. I believe misogyny is a choice, and a choice that the entire world has made for generations. I believe the misogyny of a religion goes hand in hand with the misogyny of the surrounding culture. We see this in the different ways Christianity is practiced in Northern Europe vs Northern Africa, or how Islam manifests in Saudi Arabia as opposed to Indonesia.
As a result, I believe there’s a lot of the Bible that we’ve chosen to actively forget about, specifically with regard to the accomplishments of women. I’m going to take the next few days to talk about some of these women, in an effort to expand the image we conjure when we think of heroes of the Bible and disciples of Jesus.