You don’t often see a headline that is titled Feminists and Faith and then goes on to say.
She believes abortion is morally wrong, the advent of contraception did a disservice to women and the priesthood should be reserved for men only.
But 20-year-old Hilary Rowe doesn’t hesitate to call herself a feminist.
The more I was learning about feminism, the more I was intrigued by it, but I really struggled with the life issues," said Rowe, a devout Catholic who began studying feminism when she arrived at CU two years ago. "Finding that there was a feminism that supports the dignity of human life from conception and the dignity of women really struck me."
Rowe is among a growing number of young Catholic women who prescribe to what they call a "new feminism," one that not only strives for equality between men and women but also emphasizes the "true dignity of women" as mothers and caregivers.
As a volunteer with the new Denver-based Catholic feminist group ENDOW (short for Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) she recently helped launch a new study group on the CU campus for young Catholic women seeking a feminism that is more in line with their Catholic beliefs. The eight-member group is one of 20 ENDOW groups now meeting across the nation, and proponents of the movement anticipate it will continue to grow.
"Everyone is just hungry for it," said Rowe, who believes that, in many ways, the secular feminist movement has done a disservice to women. "Instead of looking at what is truly feminine and valuing that, it asks women to change into the qualities that we see as masculine. That never appealed to me."
It then goes on with the normal feminist tripe from the President of the local chapter of NOW of how listening to the Pope will never get women ahead in the world.