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About Susan de-Gaia
Susan de-Gaia holds a Ph.D. in religion-social ethics with a Graduate Certificate in the study of women and men in society (USC), and BA in women's studies (UCSB). She teaches religious studies at Central Michigan University. Her project, Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture Across History, was published in November 2018 by ABC-CLIO.
Susan is active in social and environmental justice. She serves as Lead Ambassador for Kern County to the Charter for Compassion/Women and Girls, and leads the CCIWG Partnership for a Safe and Sacred Now task force to end violence against women and girls. In her local community, she works to promote diversity projects and environmental sustainability/eco-justice through farming and food cooperatives.
She recently visited Ireland, stopping to appreciate the prehistoric monuments of Newgrange and Poulnabrone.
This reference offers reliable knowledge about women's diverse faith practices throughout history and prehistory, and across cultures.
Across the span of human history, women have participated in world-building and life-sustaining cultural creativity, making enormous contributions to religion and spirituality. In the contemporary period, women have achieved greater equality, with more educational opportunities, female role models in public life, and opportunities for religious expression than ever before. Contemporaneously with this increased visibility, women are actively and energetically engaging with religion for themselves and for their communities.
Drawing on the expertise of a range of scholars, this reference chronicles the religious experiences of women across time and cultures. The book includes sections on major religions as well as on spirituality, African religions, prehistoric religions, and other broad topics. Each section begins with an introduction, followed by reference entries on specialized subjects along with excerpts from primary source documents. The entries provide numerous suggestions for further reading, and the book closes with a detailed bibliography.
- Offers nearly 300 reference articles by international scholars of religion, women, and history
- Provides an overview of the religious experiences of women across time, faiths, and cultures
- Devotes sections to particular religious traditions to provide information about the role of women and the feminine devine within those faiths
- Presents reference information about the experiences of women within religions
- Directs the user to additional resources via suggestions for further reading and an end-of-work bibliography