***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Hello, In conjunction with my project on education for sustainable development, I am starting a new research project, as follows: The *hypothesis* is that the exclusion of women from roles of religious authority is an obstacle to the *integral human development of both men and women*. If so, religious institutions in which worship is always presided by a male are a significant obstacle to sustainable human development. And if so, these religious institutions should reconsider the social harm they are doing and the doctrines being used to rationalize the perpetuation of male-only religious hierarchies. Could you point me to *scientific evidence* (as required in the social sciences) that validates/invalidates the hypothesis? I would be grateful to hear from you. Sincerely, Luis Luis T. Gutierrez, PhD Editor, PelicanWeb Journal of Sustainable Development http://www.pelicanweb.org ~ [log in to unmask] A monthly, free subscription, open access e-journal. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.