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Mina Roces

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834999

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834999.001.0001

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The Religious Roots of Women’s Oppression

The Religious Roots of Women’s Oppression

Feminist Nuns and the Filipino Woman

(p.35) 1 The Religious Roots of Women’s Oppression
Women's Movements and the Filipina

Mina Roces

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter isolates one unique group of feminists—feminist nuns. Though much neglected in the scholarship on women's studies internationally, they have been important leaders of the women's movement in the Philippines. All of them are highly educated women, many with postgraduate qualifications earned overseas. The nuns' unique status as religious women made these women effective activists in the Philippine context where religious persons had symbolic capital. Criticisms of Catholicism's practices had a greater impact coming from the mouths of nuns who were theological experts. Hence, the distinctive contribution of these nuns to Filipino feminist theorizing has been in identifying the religious roots of women's oppression in the Philippine context.

Keywords:   feminist nuns, religious persons, Catholicism, Filipino feminist theorizing, women's oppression, religious women

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