Volume 5, Issue 2: The Role of Women in International Development

The editorial team of William Carey International Development Journal are pleased to publish the 2016 Fall issue on “The Role of Women in International Development.” We started out inviting papers in the areas of biblical/theological reflection of the role of women, case studies and biographies of women as agents of change in various historical and geographic contexts, and we got just what we wanted. This issue features three original articles that deal with the topic from these perspectives. View the whole issue: here

Volume 5, Issue 2: The Role of Women in International Development

The editorial team of William Carey International Development Journal are pleased to publish the 2016 Fall issue on “The Role of Women in International Development.” We started out inviting papers in the areas of biblical/theological reflection of the role of women, case studies and biographies of women as agents of change in various historical and geographic contexts, and we got just what we wanted. This issue features three original articles that deal with the topic from these perspectives.

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The identity and purpose of women has been one of much discussed topics in recent biblical interpretation and theology. But the interpretative community is deeply divided on the identity and purpose of women. Some believe the Bible itself upholds the full equality of women in identity and purpose. Others question whether the Bible on its own terms upholds such equality but turn to theological reformulations of Trinitarian theology and the Imago Dei to promote the freedom and equality of women.

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In the early 1900’s “suffrage” was a word to be eschewed in polite company, much the way that “feminism” today would be looked upon askance in certain circles.  Undaunted, a bright, Hong Kong-born Christian by the name of Mabel Ping Hua Lee championed the cause.  While her name is often overlooked in the annals of the movement, she was a voice and model for women’s empowerment in her adopted city of New York.

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As part of the universal Christian church, it is very important for us members of the Christian community in the US to recognize and acknowledge one of our own. This is a lady that should not only be remembered for her work in the social/economic development within the United States of America, the African American community/civil rights, or women’s rights, but also for her heroics and inspirational advancements as a vocational minister.

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This section includes biographical sketches of both historical and contemporary female leaders in international development.

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