Today, I am celebrating Rev. Antoinette Brown Blackwell–the first woman ordained a minister in the U.S. on this date in 1853. Tomorrow, I will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Episcopal Church deciding to ordain women. Both good reasons to celebrate.
Women. More than half the human race. But still denied full equality by many.
We recoil in horror at reports of female genital mutilation, at girls being forced to marry old men, at educational opportunities denied on the basis of gender, of parents killing children because they are not boys. In our own country, many cannot yet accept the idea of a woman being president, let alone priests and pastors.
Why do we trip over gender? Not to mention varieties of gender identity and expression?
I commit to doing something every week, if not every day, to challenge gender-based bias. What about you?