Key Theme: Women and Religion

The links below include organizations related to women and religion, both in the United States and internationally. Many of these organizations have participated in our women’s networks initiative over the years; others are grassroots organizations that have been part of our research and relationship building. Several organizations, such as the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, were once active but for a variety of reasons are no longer viable. Others, like the Committee on South Asian Women and the Sacred Circles Conferences at the Washington National Cathedral maintain a web presence, albeit outdated. Please email with any proposed additions to this list.

Asian American Support and Resource Agency
Grassroots organization in New England that provides support and resources to women and families in the Asian American immigrant community.

Catholics for a Free Choice
A progressive organization based in Washington, DC “for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health.”

Church Women United
“A national movement of Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women.”

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project, Brandeis University
A research project housed in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University that explores the “sexual ethics within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.”

Gamma Gamma Chi Sorority
The first Muslim women’s sorority in the United States.

Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
The largest women’s organization in America, focused on women’s role in “strengthening the unity of Jewish people.”

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
A research organization that addresses the needs of women and relevant policy implications.

IWPR’s Politics, Religions, and Women’s Public Vision Program
A research program of IWPR that seeks to articulate women’s vision for public policy from a faith perspective.

Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance
An international alliance devoted to expanding “the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of Jewish law and ritual.

Justice for Women Working Group
A working group of the National Council of Churches of Christ’s (NCC) Justice and Advocacy Commission.

Leadership Conference of Women Religious
“A canonically approved membership organization which exists as a support system and corporate voice for leaders of institutes of women religious (Catholic sisters) in the United States.”

A Torah study initiative for women, based in Greater Boston.

Manavi, Inc.
The first organization in the U.S. to address violence against women in the South Asian community, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Muslim Women’s League
An organization “working to implement the values of Islam and thereby reclaim the status of women as free, equal and vital contributors to society.”

National Council of Jewish Women
A volunteer organization that focuses on the needs of women, children, and families from a progressive Jewish perspective.

NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
A progressive voice within the Catholic community that has worked to influence Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years.

Our Inner Lives
“Our Inner Lives honors women’s inner lives of faith, religious practice, spiritual transformation and commitment to causes greater than ourselves.”

Sakhi for South Asian Women
“A community-based organization in the New York metropolitan area committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin.”

The international association of Buddhist women, meaning “Daughters of the Buddha.”

SARAH: Spiritual and Religions Alliance for Hope
An interfaith women’s group based in Santa Margarita, California.

Sikh Women
An advocacy organization “comprising of men and women who believe in social change by harnessing the principles of Sikhism.”

Thai Bhikkhunis
An organization based in Thailand which promotes the ordination of women in Buddhism.

United Methodist Women
One of the largest Protestant women’s organizations in the United States.

Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
A research center that seeks to educate the next generation of government leaders on gender perspectives while contributing to scholarship on women and public policy.

Women in Islam
“A coalition of professional and social activist Muslim women representing a broad spectrum of human rights and social justice interests.”

Women of Reform Judaism
A federation of congregational women’s groups, representing more than 75,000 Reform Jewish women in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The women’s organization of the ELCA, covering the United States and the Caribbean.

Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB)
An interfaith women’s group formed after 9/11 based in Syracuse, New York.

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
“A feminist educational center, doing work locally, nationally and internationally organizing programs and projects, publications and workshops, counseling, spiritual direction and liturgical planning which help people actualize feminist religious values in the service of social change.”

Women’s Interfaith Institute
“A nonprofit organization that provides the impetus for a wide variety of interfaith activities through which women of spirit can express their beliefs, form a community for action, and find loving support, energy, and an abundance of innovative ideas.”

Women’s Ordination Conference
The oldest “national organization working solely for women to be ordained as deacons, priests and bishops into a renewing priestly ministry in the Catholic Church.”

Women’s Program Sabeel
A program of Sabeel, the Palestinian Christian grassroots liberation theology movement in Jerusalem, which “seeks to encourage networks of women, foster inclusivity, broaden women‘s knowledge of existing support resources, educate women on their spiritual history and their own powerful role as Christian women, and develop the capacity of women to take on leadership roles.”

Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Claremont Graduate University, School of Religion
An academic program based at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California.

Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School
An academic program at Harvard Divinity School which “promotes critical inquiry into the interaction between religion and gender.”

Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference
A groundbreaking conference held in 2004 at Harvard Divinity School on religion and second wave feminism.

Women’s United Nations Report Network (WUNRN)
NGO and listserv that works toward the implementation of the United Nations Study on Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Status of Women from the perspective of religious traditions.

World Conference of Religions for Peace, Women’s Network
A network of women leaders in the fields of “conflict transformation, children’s issues, development, disarmament and security, human rights and responsibilities, and peace education.”

Zarathushti/Zoroastrian Women’s International Network
“A forum to globally link intergenerational Zarathushti women, to empower them to reach their full potential, and to actively work towards promoting the exchange of ideas in all relevant social, educational, and community issues.”