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Gender equality and religion: a multi-faith exploration of young adults’ narratives

Page, Sarah-Jane; Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck


Sarah-Jane Page

Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip


This paper presents findings from research on young adults in the UK from diverse religious backgrounds. Utilizing questionnaires, interviews, and video diaries it assesses how religious young adults understood and managed the tensions in popular discourse between gender equality as an enshrined value and aspirational narrative, and religion as purportedly instituting gender inequality. We show that, despite varied understandings, and the ambivalence and tension in managing ideal and practice, participants of different religious traditions and genders were committed to gender equality. Thus, they viewed gender-unequal practices within their religious cultures as an aberration from the essence of religion. In this way, they firmly rejected the dominant discourse that religion is inherently antithetical to gender equality.


Page, S., & Yip, A. K. (2017). Gender equality and religion: a multi-faith exploration of young adults’ narratives. European Journal of Women's Studies, 24(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2016
Publication Date Aug 1, 2017
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2016
Journal European Journal of Women’s Studies
Print ISSN 1350-5068
Electronic ISSN 1461-7420
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 3
Keywords Agency, Division of labour, Gender equality, Religious stigmatization, Women’s religious
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Additional Information Copyright Sage Publications 2016


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