What is the Baha’i perspective on the role of women in the world?

Baha’is believe the role of women in the world is of the utmost importance. The Baha’i Writings say women will be more important than men in bringing about true world peace—as women will not allow their sons to go off to die in war anymore. As Abdu’l-Baha wrote, “Therefore, strive to show in the human world that women are most capable and efficient, that their hearts are more tender and susceptible than the hearts of men, that they are more philanthropic and responsive toward the needy and suffering, that they are inflexibly opposed to war and are lovers of peace. Strive that the ideal of international peace may become realized through the efforts of womankind, for man is more inclined to war than woman, and a real evidence of woman’s superiority will be her service and efficiency in the establishment of universal peace.” (PUP p. 284). Clearly, the station of women in the Baha’i Faith is very great.

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