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The Christianity Today women’s blog provides news and analysis from the perspective of evangelical women. We cover news stories and books related to international justice and evangelism, pregnancy and sexual ethics, marriage, parenting, and celibacy, pop culture, health and body image, raising girls, and women in the church and parachurch.

Her.meneutics was co-founded by Katelyn Beaty and Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

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Why You Might Tip Your American Hat to Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

June 5, 2012 8:15 AM

It’s not exactly in keeping with my progressive, social justice wannabe status, but here it is: I love the British monarchy. Every time OK! Magazine has the Royal Family on the cover, I devour each glossy page. If a documentary...

What Burma's Chin Refugees Need Beyond Aung San Suu Kyi

April 2, 2012 8:42 AM

For over 60 years, a military regime has ruled over Burma (Myanmar). Its people know intimately what it means to be discriminated against, religiously persecuted, and beaten for one’s ethnicity. But yesterday Sunday, April 1, the Burmese people voted for...

Adoption: A Long and Winding Journey

November 1, 2011 9:35 AM

A few years ago, after much research, discussion, and prayer, my husband and I sent in the preliminary applications for adopting from Ethiopia. The staff at the agency, Better Future Adoption Services (BFAS) in Minnesota, was courteous, and the fact...

Obama Visit Challenges 'African Woman' Stereotype

July 13, 2011 12:05 PM

Two weeks ago, on an official trip to Africa, Michelle Obama gave a speech encouraging 76 young sub-Saharan African women participating in the Young African Women Leaders Forum in South Africa. They gathered at the Regina Mundi Church in...

The Lost Girls of China and India

June 29, 2011 9:15 AM

Across most cultures and throughout time, parents have wanted boys more than they have wanted girls. Recently developed technologies are allowing parents to reject their girl children before they are even born. In India and China, the world’s two most...

Raising Yeshua-Followers in the West Bank

June 15, 2011 9:26 AM

“It’s ironic, but I feel that my kids are safer here than living in the U.S.,” said Ariella B. I met Ariella nearly two decades ago when we were attending the same Chicago-area congregation. Recently I had a chance to...

'It Must Stop'

April 4, 2011 10:18 AM

Last July, Bangladesh’s High Court declared fatwas, a ruling or legal opinion given by an Islamic religious leader, illegal. Investigations and news reports of fatwas invoking violence against women led human rights organizations to submit petitions to the court, which...

Assaulted Woman to Be Kept Alive, Rules India Court

March 14, 2011 11:34 AM

On March 7, India’s Supreme Court decided a landmark case that will allow life support to be legally removed from some terminally ill patients. The ruling involved the case of a woman who has been in a vegetative state since...

Women Step to Frontline in Mideast Protests

March 3, 2011 8:00 AM

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock without wi-fi for the past month, you know the world has witnessed waves of political change in the Middle East. On February 11, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak relinquished control of the country to...

'Passport through Darkness' Gives Victims Voice

January 11, 2011 9:00 AM

Stifling heat vapors appear on the horizon. Laughing hyenas cackle too close for comfort in the bush. Take a step closer toward a dusty canvas tent. Meet Kimberly L. Smith and travel into her desert world as she pulls back...

Christian Woman Sentenced to Hanging for Blasphemy

November 19, 2010 10:53 AM

Blasphemy laws in Pakistan legislate against “wounding the religious feelings of any person,” specifically regarding Islam. In 1992, the death penalty became mandatory upon conviction on blasphemy charges. So far no one has been executed under the blasphemy law, but...

The American Red Cross's Knight in Shining Pearls

November 11, 2010 10:15 AM

The chairman of the American Red Cross — the humanitarian organization founded by Clara Barton in 1881 — is, actually, not a chairman. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter was appointed the first woman to the position by President George W. Bush in June...

How the Iraq War Has Affected Women

September 15, 2010 10:40 AM

As the narrative in Iraq shifts from war to establishing a stable government and social structure, new and unexpected details about the cost of war are coming to light. One issue Iraq is struggling with is marriage — or the...

500 Women and Children Raped in Congo

September 8, 2010 10:30 AM

I went to dinner recently with a law student whose parents are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As we ate and shared, I tried to recall everything I had read about the DR Congo on BBC’s website or...

Iranian Christian Women Acquitted

May 28, 2010 10:28 AM

Two high-profile Christian women were acquitted by judges in Iran in May after they were arrested in March of 2009 on charges of anti-state activity, spreading Christianity, and apostasy. Maryam Rostampour, 28, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 31, are both Iranian converts...

Botox: A Threat to Our National Security

February 9, 2010 8:38 AM

One of my favorite Bible passages is from Psalm 34. Verses 4 and 5 read: "I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces...

In Iran, a Covert Mission to Bring Women to Jesus

January 27, 2010 8:32 AM

When Michele heard Naseem speak at a luncheon about her work in Iran, she knew immediately that this was a woman we needed to meet. Naseem had the stories we longed to hear. Naseem was gracious to us, but from...

Iris Robinson, Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know

January 22, 2010 10:18 AM

Sex. Money. Power. Words that call to mind the recent debacles of Tiger Woods and David Letterman and a host of other celebrities before them. And now Iris Robinson — a self-described evangelical Christian and the wife of Northern Ireland’s...

'I Lived Next Door to a Brothel'

January 21, 2010 10:13 AM

Last week President Obama launched a nationwide human trafficking awareness campaign, proclaiming this month National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Leading up to this month, my sister, Marissa, and I began e-mailing back and forth about the injustice of...

China's Own Marriage Crisis

January 19, 2010 9:29 AM

Family planning has become a controversial phrase in China, due to the government’s One Child Policy, a vast social experiment launched in 1979 to cap population growth and speed up economic development. State media reported recently that more than 24...

'Love Thy Neighbor' Shows Up at Copenhagen

December 11, 2009 9:46 AM

The Copenhagen Climate Conference (COP15) began December 7 and will continue through next week. World leaders are gathering to negotiate carbon emission protocols that will replace the 1997 Kyoto agreement, which expires in 2012. Robust proposals are coming from African...

Half the Sky: A Must-Read Book

August 27, 2009 9:35 AM

This past weekend, The New York Times Sunday Magazine devoted its entire issue to "Why Women's Rights Are the Cause of Our Time." Some very sober and powerful reading there — and not what you might think upon encountering a...

Pants-Wearing Woman Challenges Sudan's Decency Law

August 6, 2009 9:10 AM

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has thrown in support for a Sudanese woman who faces 40 lashes for wearing pants in public, a display the Sudanese government says violates its Shari'ah-based laws on public decency. "We will continue to work with...

China Eases One-Child Policy in Shanghai

July 29, 2009 10:41 AM

Reports began emerging late last week that while China is not lifting its one-child policy - heavily criticized for leading to forced abortions - it is considering amending it based on the needs of Shanghai, which hosts a rapidly aging...

Neda: More Than Her Death

June 24, 2009 9:00 AM

An e-mail sent to me from a friend in Iran was posted on the Facebook wall of German chancellor Angela Merkel after I tweeted a link to the e-mail, which I had, with permission, posted on my blog. Got that?...

First Dalit Woman Elected to India Parliament

June 15, 2009 9:56 AM

Earlier this month India elected the first Dalit woman ever as Speaker for its House of Parliament. Meira Kumar, 64, was elected unanimously as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in the lower house of Parliament, where she will...

When Childbirth Means Risking Your Life

May 26, 2009 8:48 AM

"Pregnancy and childbirth kill more than 536,000 women a year, more than half of them in Africa," writes Denise Grady from Tanzania in the May 24, 2009, New York Times. Her article, "Where Life's Start Is a Deadly Risk," contrasts...

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