Eye on the world: Equal rights for women

In “Saudi Arabia hands women the keysThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Boardreports that “On Sept. 27, [Saudi Arabia’s] government announced that the ban on female driving would be lifted, starting next year. The decision reflects not only a shift in thinking about human rights but a desire to develop modern skills among half its population, women, who are still largely kept out of the new, non-oil industries. [Saudi Arabia’s] crown prince sees the future of the economy as knowledge-based, one that relies far less on oil and more on the traits of its people. And in today’s global economy, traits such as collaboration, openness, and flexibility—which women score highly on, according to research—are in high demand by high-tech companies…. Saudi Arabia’s royalty still have far to go to liberate women from the so-called guardian system, a tribal tradition in which male relatives control many of the activities of women. But by lifting the driving ban, the regime has crossed a big threshold, both in the eyes of many Saudis and the world. The country’s global competitiveness may only rise as it raises the innovative capacity of its people, especially its women.”

Ideas on this subject:

From the Bible:

Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:

I Peter 5:5 

From the writings of Mary Baker Eddy:

God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.”

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 226

Civil law establishes very unfair differences between the rights of the two sexes. Christian Science furnishes no precedent for such injustice, and civilization mitigates it in some measure. Still, it is a marvel why usage should accord woman less rights than does either Christian Science or civilization…. A feasible as well as rational means of improvement at present is the elevation of society in general and the achievement of a nobler race for legislation,—a race having higher aims and motives.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 63

Related articles from The Christian Science Journal and the Christian Science Sentinel:

In “Equal rights”: “Do we yet see a general acknowledgment of the fact that human law, to be just, must conform to the Golden Rule, and that fundamental law is impersonal and knows not sex?” And “Christian Science teaches equality even from the first statement of spiritual creation, as written in the Bible’s first chapter: ‘God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.’ Though this involves far more than what is implied in personal equality, it overlies and underlies every demand for equal rights in the human realm, and is the basis for every claim to equal suffrage and equal rights ‘before the law.’ ”

In “Meeting the demand for a full and complete humanity”: “Gender equality stands as one of the most important indicators of the health and progress in our nations, in our communities and families. A more spiritual view of womanhood is needed for humanity to reach its full potential and to experience equality and sustainable reform.” And “Christian Science presents an inspired and practical view of womanhood that responds to the world’s demand for equality. It brings out the revolutionary truth that because God is Spirit, women and men—made in the image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:26, 27)—are spiritual, not material.”

The articles above and others dealing with this subject can be found on JSH-Online.com or on CSMonitor.com.

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