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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Autumn 2019

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Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

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Cover of fall 2019 Mutuality

Autumn 2019

Volume: 26 | Number: 3

Let Them Learn

All over the world, girls and women face sexism, harassment, discrimination, and even violence in school. Whether it manifests as a preference for male students in seminary, laws/customs that keep girls from attending school, or dress codes that sexualize and shame female bodies, it’s clear that bias against girls in education is very much alive and we’ve got work to do. In this issue, we invite you to explore gender bias in the classroom and what Christians can do to challenge it.


5 Strategies for Empowering Women in the Classroom
By: Sarah Lindsay | September 5, 2019
I became invested in creating an empowering space for female students upon noticing that many of my teachers and then colleagues—even well-meaning or brilliant professors—had never considered the unconscious and internalized biases that women experience in the classroom.

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Women at Work:  3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College
By: Eeva Sallinen Simard | September 5, 2019
I so wish I could have told those bright young women about the challenges they will face as they enter their careers and endeavor to find satisfaction in their work and lives. I did not want to be that person, warning optimistic young women about future obstacles—and that the odds of success [...]

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It’s Not Easy Being a Woman Professor: Subverting Sexism in Higher Education
By: Camden Morgante | September 5, 2019
“So, are you a student here too?” asked the young IT worker I called to fix my office computer. I smiled, wondering how the student missed my name on the office door, or the row of diplomas framed on the wall. “No, I’m a professor here.” Sexism against women in college undoubtedly happens, but [...]

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An Egalitarian Man in a Complementarian Bible School
By: Cody Marks | September 5, 2019
“I don’t know if I would be comfortable with you working for a female pastor.” Trying to avoid (yet another) debate about women pastors, I retorted: “Well the incoming pastor is male.” “It’s the principle,” my significant other threw back.

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Modesty, a Fairytale Witch, and Growing Up Dangerous
By: Chesna Hinkley | September 5, 2019
Anxiously regulating what girls wear is not going to make this world better. But raising thoughtful people will. I believe God wants something better for us than fairytale witches and sexist dress codes.

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Education Polishes Gems
By: H. Edgar Hix | September 5, 2019
Education polishes gems Even diamonds can be polished by knowledge liberally applied

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Humanity Flourishes When We Invest in Girls’ Education
By: Mimi Haddad | September 5, 2019
According to Forbes, women must obtain an advanced degree to earn as much as men for the same work. While women account for fifty-six percent of all college students in the US, they are paid eighty cents to men’s dollar for performing the same job after they graduate. The pay disparities are even greater [...]

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Risky Business: Being Female At An Evangelical University
By: Rachel Asproth | September 5, 2019
Female students at my evangelical university experienced both misogyny and racism. We were asked to conform to impossible standards. And we are not the only ones to struggle against injustice in the classroom. Women and girls all over the world face bias in school. From primary school to undergraduate to seminary, the system is not [...]

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Girls Are Bad at Math and Other Lies That Limit Women and Girls
By: Devon Leslie | September 5, 2019
My elementary school music teacher once asked us to count the beats in a measure of music. She ignored not only my hand, but also the hands of several other female students around me, saying, “Boys you’re supposed to be good at math. I’ll wait for one of you to answer.”

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