Gender, power and equality: Women's roles in hutterite society

Yossi Katz, John C. Lehr

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This chapter, which is part of a comprehensive research project on the social position, economic role and attitudes of Hutterite women, seeks to examine gender relationships within the Hutterian community. The first section deals with the principles of Hutterite belief and the place of the woman in this framework. The second section describes the female occupations, and the third section discusses the inherent lack of gender equality in the Hutterite colonies. The fourth section deals with the women's attitude towards their lack of equality. The chapter further analyzes the ways in which women influence the communities in recent years. It discusses where women have influence within the colony and the areas of colony operation where they wish to see change. As in every society, even in the most egalitarian, not every woman wishes to be influential. Despite considerable difficulties, Hutterite women who wish to influence colony affairs can do so.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Communal Idea in the 21st Century
EditorsEliezer Ben-Rafael, Yaacov Oved, Menachem Topel, Menachem Topel, Menachem Topel, Menachem Topel
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789004207455
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameInternational Comparative Social Studies
ISSN (Print)1568-4474


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