Newsreel: Protestors block women from temple in India, modern-day suffragists seek #VotesForCatholicWomen

In this Religious Feminism Newsreel episode of the Religious Feminism Podcast, we cover the controversy at the Sabarimala Temple.  The Supreme Court of India recently ordered the temple to open its doors to women, ending a longstanding ban barring women and girls ages 10-50 from entering.  However, violent protesters have blocked all the women who have tried to enter, resulting in thousands of arrests.  Meanwhile, Catholic women have taken a cue from their suffragist foremothers, calling for the right to vote at the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, where women have been allowed to attend, but not vote.

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Sabarimala Temple

News Stories Featured in this Episode:

Indian Supreme Court orders Sabarimala Temple to open its doors to women

Should Sabarimala temple open its doors to women? Here are the arguments heard in court
Anna Isaac, The News Minute, Sept. 27, 2018

Constitutional and legal bases of Sabarimala verdict
Krishna Sarma, Financial Express, Oct. 17, 2018

An Indian Court Ordered a Temple to Admit Women. So Far, It Hasn’t.
Kai Schultz, New York Times, Oct. 23, 2018

Women barred from entering Hindu temple in India’s Kerala state
Priscila LaFitte, France 24, Oct. 19, 2018

India: over 2,000 arrested in protests over court order to admit women to temple
Carie Thompson, Jurist, Oct. 26, 2018

Gender equality Vs religious fanaticism, the battle continues unabated in India
Avina Vidyadharan, News Nation, Oct. 26, 2108

Why Can’t Sabarimala Take A Cue From Haji Ali Dargah? Hardline Hindus should learn a lesson or two from the Muslim community, which did not indulge in any violence when SC allowed women into the dargah.
Nikhil Wagle, News Click, Oct. 27, 2018

Sabarimala temple row: Activist Rehana Fathima expelled from Muslim community
PTI, The New Indian Express, Oct. 30, 2018

Meet Rehana Fathima, the Woman Under Police Protection After Trying to Enter Sabarimala
Anand Kochukudy, The Wire, Oct. 26, 2018

‘They say we pollute the temple’: This powerful song supports women’s entry into Sabarimala
The People’s Art and Literary Association (PALA)

Catholic Women’s Ordination Conference campaigns for votes for women.

Catholic women call for votes for women at the Vatican

Votes for Women
Regina Bannan, Women’s Ordination Conference, Sept. 29, 2018

Vatican Faces Modern-Day Suffragists, Demanding Right to Vote
Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, Oct. 26, 2018

Catholic Activists Demand Women’s Voting Rights At Major Vatican Meeting
Carol Kuruvilla, Huffpost, Oct. 16, 2018

Vatican meeting endorses women at decision-making table
Trisha Thomas and Nicole Winfield, AP, Oct. 27, 2018

Roman Catholic Feminism with Erin Saiz Hanna and Kate McElwee
Religious Feminism Podcast, June 15, 2017

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