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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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Amazing Grace, How Slow the Work: Why We Still Have Slaves

May 8, 2012 11:01 AM

In 1981, more than a century after America ended slavery with the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, the West African nation of Mauritania abolished slavery, the last country in the world to do so. According to a CNN...

Amid Bribery Scandal, Wal-Mart Contest Attracts Christians

April 25, 2012 10:40 AM

This month, the bottled-water company Humankind Water beat out over 4,000 other products to reach the “top ten” in an American Idol–style contest run by Wal-Mart called Get on the Shelf. The contest pitted start-up companies and entrepreneurs against each...

Trayvon Martin, Hoodies, and the Power of Images

March 30, 2012 7:58 AM

My brother has two daughters. One of them looks like me. Guess which one I have a special bond with? Oh, sure, other factors played a part as our relationship developed over the years, such as our mutual love of...

The Woman Who Shelters New York City's Trafficking Victims

January 23, 2012 11:23 AM

When award-winning nonprofit leader Faith Huckel moved to New York City in 2003, she expected her time there to shape her career, but she thought that impact would come more from the social work graduate program she was entering than...

Saving Men from Their Own Sex Slavery

November 11, 2011 10:45 AM

“When I was a boy listening to an invitation to adventure, I had no idea it would be so painful," writes Daniel Walker in God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue (InterVarsity, 2011). "But I...

Why Dogs Should Be Sent to Court

August 12, 2011 2:07 PM

When a 15-year-old rape victim from Poughkeepsie, New York, took the stand to testify against her father last summer, she wasn't alone. In the witness box, at her feet, sat Rosie, a golden retriever, who snuggled up close to the...

Watching 'The Help' as an African American Woman

August 11, 2011 11:03 AM

“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it doesn’t disturb anyone else.” That’s the writing advice given to Skeeter, the only single white female and college graduate among her well-to-do white girlfriends who are all married with children. In the...

A Horror Film about Childbirth

May 24, 2011 11:19 AM

You could say I'm passionate about birth. I delivered both my children without medication (the second was a water birth) and am trained as a doula. While I'm aware that situations arise that require intervention, even surgery, to keep mother...

'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...

Ohio Mom Gets Jailtime for Better Education

February 9, 2011 11:52 AM

What do Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and an African American single mother in Ohio have in common? Both faced gut-wrenching realities that sometimes cause law-abiding individuals to blur the lines between what’s legal and what seems morally permissible. The shades...

Christians Launch Anti-Slavery Efforts for Super Bowl XLV

January 25, 2011 11:59 AM

Cowboys stadium. Troy Polamalu. Black Eyed Peas. Ben Roethlisberger. Sex trafficking of minors. Christina Aguilera. Doritos’ controversy-tinged “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. Those irritating Go Daddy commercials. Which of these things is not like the others? Believe it or not,...

'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...

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...

The Great Chinese Orphan Rescuer

November 10, 2010 9:20 AM

Siew Mei Ang Cheung knows what it's like to be marginalized. Growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Malaysia, she was subject to an educational quota system that she says limited ethnic minorities’ opportunities. The precocious youngster was undaunted by...

Rumblings About Women at Lausanne

November 5, 2010 11:25 AM

The difficulty some of us have remembering others’ names is explained, at least in part, by the fact that when being introduced to someone new, the name we are listening for is our own. That kind of listening was going...

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...

Have We Forgotten Haiti?

August 19, 2010 11:07 AM

The hubbub has died down. Other tragedies have struck; our attentions have been averted. A little over eight months ago, Haiti experienced one of the worst natural disasters in history. Since then, Chile, Turkey, and now Pakistan have faced their...

The 'D Word' at U.S. Christian Colleges

July 6, 2010 9:35 AM

When Carmille Akande, a dean at Cedarville University, and I stepped into the Duke Gardens for the opening reception of Duke Divinity School’s Summer Institute — a project of Duke’s Center for Reconciliation — we sensed we were on holy...

Afghan Girls Poisoned for Attending School

April 29, 2010 12:37 PM

Some 88 girls and teachers fell ill at three different schools within a week in northern Afghanistan. Authorities believe the sickness is due to poison gas attacks, and have not yet identified who harmed the girls and teachers. The Taliban...

The History of Glenn Beck's 'Social Justice'

March 22, 2010 11:13 AM

Setting off waves of debate in recent weeks, conservative radio host Glenn Beck advised his listeners on March 2 to leave their churches if they found signs of commitment to “social justice” or “economic justice.” Beck called such language “code...

Singing Praises in Port-au-Prince

February 12, 2010 8:24 AM

I had known this day would come. My husband, a pre-med student, had been planning a month-long trip to northern Uganda for a social medicine course, and January 12 was his departure date. I thought that would leave me...

Saving the Life of a Shaken Baby

February 5, 2010 8:47 AM

Justice is what love looks like in public, so says Princeton professor and pop philosopher Cornel West. When we think of justice though, we generally think of that which is found in courts or through political activism, or, failing these...

A Walk to Beautiful: A Must-See Film

January 29, 2010 10:44 AM

When a woman endures prolonged labor while giving birth, her bladder or rectal tissue rips or tears, forming a fistula, a hole between her birth passage and internal organs. A simple surgery costing $300 can fix the problem, but...

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...

'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...

Would I Have Hid Jews During the Holocaust?

January 13, 2010 4:01 PM

This Monday marked the passing of Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group that hid Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust. Gies, the Christian Dutch woman who died at age 100 after a fall, is credited...

Reforming a Girls' Reformatory

October 30, 2009 9:04 AM

In August, Beloit Juvenile Correctional Facility in northern Kansas closed its doors. Heather Hollingsworth’s coverage for the Associated Press highlights the triumphs and downfalls of one of the country’s longest-running girls’ reformatories. Beloit was started in 1888 by the Women’s...

Redeeming Roman Polanski

October 2, 2009 8:46 AM

Film director Roman Polanski was recently arrested on a 32-year-old charge of statutory rape, which he pled guilty to in 1977 before fleeing the country. Now, while Polanski fights extradition, Hollywood rallies for his freedom, and news sources turn it...

'Homeless Chic' and the Homeless

September 30, 2009 11:57 AM

One million children in the U.S. currently face homelessness, and one of the fastest growing segments among the homeless is families with children. Despite these alarming statistics, it’s the fashion industry’s fixation with "homeless chic" that has sparked the most...

Keri Wyatt Kent: The Priority of Neighbor-Love

September 21, 2009 8:50 AM

Keri Wyatt Kent, a Chicago-based author known for her writing on spiritual formation, wants her most recent book, Simple Compassion, to connect readers’ inner world to the larger world and its need for justice seekers. In each of the book’s...

Adoption: Single Christians Need Not Apply

September 16, 2009 9:05 AM

National Adoption Month is coming up, and churches are mobilizing like never before to encourage people to adopt. But there is a secret underneath it all: Single Christians need not apply. When I was considering adopting my daughter, one of...

In Their Own Words: Laura Ling and Euna Lee

September 4, 2009 9:21 AM

Much has been written about Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the two American journalists captured this March, imprisoned for five months in North Korea, and released on August 6. But on Wednesday, for the first time, their story was told...

What the TNIV Means for Evangelical Women

September 3, 2009 11:17 AM

As a blog centered on women, it seems only right for Her.meneutics to respond to Zondervan and Biblica’s major announcement that their gender-inclusive language Bible, NIVi (released only in Britain) was a mistake, and that they would no longer publish...

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...

Fighting Injustice through Art

June 29, 2009 2:59 PM

Two recent films have played unexpected roles in raising awareness of political and religious practices in Iran that trap many women in cycles of oppression and violence. Time magazine TV critic James Poniewozik recently blogged about Persepolis, a 2007 animated...

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...

Journalists Slammed for Covering N. Korean Women's Hell

June 10, 2009 10:26 AM

On Monday, journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean prison. This morning, Blaine Harden in The Washington Post shares the probable reason: they were researching an article on the...

Arts Funding Slashed in Economic Crunch

May 21, 2009 8:41 AM

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Senate approved state budget SB 850, which includes severe reductions in funding for the arts for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget, which passed by a 30-20 vote, cuts funding for the Pennsylvania Council...

Lynne Hybels: Beware! Dangerous Women

April 24, 2009 10:46 AM

I'm not a numbers person, but I keep on my desk a list of percentages that shakes me every time I read it. Did you know that ? Seventy percent of the world's extremely poor are women? ? Almost 80...

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