I am absolutely ecstatic about the release of The Shriver Report. I am equally ecstatic that (MS)NBC is giving the issues that are being raised in this report their just due and significant airtime. Here is an executive summary of the report to help familiarize yourself with it before you begin to explore the website and its resources.
Furthermore, please click here to find informative and important links to upcoming live events, documentaries, charts and graphs as well as essays from OUR FRIENDS addressing various perspectives on women and poverty.
In order to give you a little more insight into what to expect from this report, this essay denotes one of my greatest concerns in regards to a comprehensive approach on the war on poverty and the war on women. We cannot eradicate poverty as long as religious leaders espouse and promote false and archaic belief systems that marginalize women. Those who do not believe that women can and should lead are fooling themselves and their constituency, costing us all. I am particularly adamant on holding religious leaders accountable as they have the power to effect positive change en masse and to reverse the evil that certain beliefs and dogma have wrought on womankind. As Sister Chittister so aptly prescribes:
“It is time for religions to repent the acceptance of assumptions about the social place and roles of women—assumptions that spring from theological definitions of women as less fully rational, less fully human, and less fully essential to the public arena than men.
It is time for religions to repair this distortion of the will of God. Like Galileo, it is time for both women and men to contest such untenable conclusions. For all of our sakes and for the sake of all humanity, it is time.” – Sister Joan Chittister
Policies and teachings that promote anything less than full equality in word, deed and access are inhumane and can neither be taken seriously nor should they be followed. People who do not promote the full equality of women are not operating from divine principles. They are operating from a malicious power principle whose sole purpose is to control and dehumanize human beings in the name of the divine. The effect of which is ungodly.
Click here for the cross-platform schedule for The Shriver Report for this week.