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Jesuits and Gender Equality

For thousands of years patriarchal attitudes persisted in human society wherein the male was considered the norm and the female as created to be at his service. Women were accorded an inferior position and were confined to domestic space. Public space was exclusively reserved for males. Biology was her destiny. She was considered inferior in her intellectual capacities and seen more as an emotional being. She was also seen as morally deficient since Eve was held responsible for bringing sin into the world. Most religions, including Christianity, barred her from the study of religious scriptures. She had no right to get educated or to take up any profession. Her main job was to give birth to children, nurture them, and take care of the household chores.

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