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WATER is a global network, an educational and spiritual space, a center for dialogue on feminism, faith, and justice. We connect activists, religious leaders, students, scholars, and allies who are using feminist religious values to create social change.

Founded in 1983 by Mary E. Hunt and Diann L. Neu, we have been empowering women to address structural violence for over thirty years — making WATER one of the oldest feminist religious non-profit organizations in the world.

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In the News

Hundreds of Catholic Leaders Voice Objections to State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights Report’s Priority for Religious Freedom

Over 300 (final number to come) Catholic theologians, human rights activists, and community leaders have signed a statement that outlines strong concerns about the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights draft report

Catholic progress in extremis

Given that the world is in extremis, it follows that similar changes can take place in other areas of church life, and they are.

Schenk's biography of Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane a detailed account of visionary's path

Sister of St. Joseph Christine Schenk tells Theresa's story skillfully in meticulous detail, rendering such a visage all the more remarkable.

Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network 2019 Meeting Report

A report by Mary E Hunt on the most recent meeting of the Feminist Liberation Theologians' Network.

Catholic Women in the Midst of It All

The major issue at hand for Catholics is simply whether women are full, equal members of the Catholic community or not. The short, honest answer is that we are not.

Rich portrait of a social change agent in biography of Grail leader Anne Hope

This portrait of an international Catholic woman leader is a welcome addition to the literature of contemporary Catholic women who represent the best of a flawed tradition, combining sacrament and solidarity.

Dignity: From Founding to Flourishing Dignity LA 50th Anniversary Celebration

The following is a transcript of the speech for Dignity Los Angeles'…