Equality for Women

1970 Church of the Brethren Resolution

As part of the worldwide concern for human rights for all persons, the time has come to confront the conditions which prevent women from enjoying the equality of opportunity and exercising the freedom of choice which is their right as human beings.

As the body of Christ, the church is committed to persons affirming their full worth and humanity. Out of our biblical understanding of God's covenant with persons and concern far the quality of human life we bring this proposal:

Whereas, women's roles have been narrowly defined, not permitting them the many options which allow freedom to fulfill their human potential, and

Whereas, the law does not prohibit discrimination account of sex and

Whereas, women are generally excluded from equal participation in the institutions, organizations, and labor market of our society, and

Whereas, women must he considered to be a minority group because they lack political and financial power, are excluded from influence in the main stream American life, and are therefore characterized by self-debasing attitudes, it is time for the church to support action to bring women into full participation in the main stream of American society exercising all the privileges and responsibilities there in truly equal partnership with men;

Therefore, be it resolved by the Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, convened in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 23, 1970, that the General Board directed to:

The position of Standing Committee was presented by Mrs. Robert Pittman.

The position of 1970 Annual Conference: The request of the resolution was granted and the paper was referred to the General Board for study and action.

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