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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 108 Written : 09/30/94 06:35pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : RcA To : ALL Subj : Religion & Women RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AFFECT WOMEN'S LIFESTYLES, RESEARCHER CLAIMS In a statement on Friday, September 30, Margaret Greet, a researcher and professor of sociology at Ohio State University at Lima, claimed that a woman's religious affiliation does affect her education and childbearing. In a study involving 548 white women and 361 black women between the ages of 35 and 39, Ms. Greer found that white women belonging to conservative Christian sects are more likely to give birth earlier and to recieve less education than white women in more liberal denominations. No similar connection was found among black women. Discussing the findings with UPI, Ms. Greer summarized, "We found the more conservative white churches encourage women to see the most important aspect of their future as being a wife and mother. Women who view their life's role that way will become mothers earlier and they are less likely to pursue higher education, because they don't foresee needing it." *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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