A growing body of research shows that peace negotiations are more likely to succeed when women are at the table. One study found that peace agreements are 64% less likely to fail when brokered by women, and the Council on Foreign Relations report notes that “women often take a collaborative approach to peacemaking and organize across cultural and sectarian divides.”
For anyone paying attention to interfaith engagement in the United States, this evidence comes as no surprise.
In work that often takes place under the radar, women are leading the way, both in faith communities and in the emerging field of bridgebuilding, a constellation of religiously and politically diverse individuals and organizations aimed at pushing back on political polarization.
To mark Women’s History Month, Interfaith America recognizes the women working to build a more perfect union and a more peaceful nation. Faith-based and secular, in diverse fields ranging from higher education and public policy to health care and social justice activism, these women are not only at the table; in many cases, they’re building it from scratch.
Here are nine leaders we should all get to know:
American Civic Life