LITTLE PORTUGAL, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - 2015/06/06: Islam women wearing hijab in North American city, Multicultural city celebrates together the Dundas West Festival in Little Portugal, the festival is a traditional event held every year. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PublicationsApril 5, 2016

Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire

Many countries have laws that ban or limit women from wearing religious attire in public places. By comparison, far fewer countries require women to wear particular types of attire for religious reasons.

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Demographic StudyMarch 22, 2016

The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World

Standard lists of history’s most influential religious leaders – among them Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) – tend to be predominantly, if not exclusively, male. Many religious groups, including Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews, allow only men to be clergy, while others, including some denominations in the evangelical Protestant tradition, have lifted that restriction only in recent decades. Yet it often appears that the ranks of the faithful are dominated by women.