Our cherished vision is of a world
- where everyone has what they need,
- where systems of hierarchy and oppression no longer exist, and
- where the dignity and bodily autonomy of every human is affirmed and uplifted.
In Mississippi, we’re not there yet.
At Faith in Women, we acknowledge that white supremacy, patriarchy, and Christian supremacy are forces that shape every aspect of daily life for Mississippians. These systems hurt everyone. But Mississippi’s women and girls, especially Black women and girls, face disproportionate obstacles to building the lives we dream of.
- We’re underrepresented in public office
- We’re prohibited from official leadership in the majority of Mississippi churches
- We’re more likely to experience poverty
- Our children are more likely to experience poverty
- We earn 81 cents for every dollar a man earns
- We’re more likely to face intimate partner violence
- We’re more likely to die in childbirth, especially Black women
- Our reproductive healthcare options are limited, especially for rural women
- If we need an abortion, we are heavily restricted, stigmatized, and shamed
Even under these difficult circumstances, Mississippi women have been on the forefront of every movement for justice and progress. And when we have what we need to thrive, amazing things happen- for everyone.
A Mississippi where women and girls are valued as full human beings. We’re not there yet, but we believe we can get there. Here’s how.