Religious Women, Like Amy Coney Barret, Can Also Be Empowered

Several years ago, a man I didn’t know told me on Facebook that I have Stockholm syndrome because I’m an Orthodox Jewish woman. Besides the fact that I chose this life (and continue to choose it everyday), I was disgusted that this stranger mansplained to me how I ought to live if I want to be free. He had no interest in actually learning about how and why I am an observant Jewish woman. He had already summed me up.

Make no mistake, there are certainly Orthodox women and women from all walks of life, both religious and secular, who are not free, who are not choosing how they live. And this is a problem. All good people everywhere should promote the ability for women and all people, for that matter, to live free, self-actualized lives.

But what about women who choose to live a life with traditional religious values which include having large families, dressing modestly, and having different religious roles than men do? Are these women suffering from mental illness or are they exercising their free will as they see fit?

Case in point, Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barret. She is a conservative Catholic woman with a large family who lives by traditional Catholic values. She has already been called out in numerous articles for being the antithesis of a feminist. Some critics don’t believe that women with large families can have successful careers, like this one commenter expressed:

i admire a mother with 7 children, two adopted from haiti and one with down’s syndrome. i just don’t know how amy coney barrett possibly fulfill her duties in scotus and as as mother traveling between washington dc and indiana?

Others have stated that because


Disagreeing with someone’s politics or how they interpret the Constitution is totally fair game. Some people are Democrats, others are Republicans. Some believe in originalism, others believe in loose constructionism.



n Barrett herself acknowledged in a 2013 talk at Notre Dame University when she said best way to prevent abortions would be through policies that support “poor, single mothers.”


In a 2011 interview with California Lawyer, Scalia said he believed that women were not protected by the constitution, bucking decades of precedent.

“Certainly the constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex,” Scalia said.

“The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t … If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey, we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws.”



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