Learning Goal: I’m working on a religion question and need the explanation and answer to help me learn.
In every religion, women play a major role by being the backbone of the family whether it be tending to the children, the home, or even the farm dependent on the region, but in Sikhism times changes very early and gave them more of a sense of freedom. In Hindu society, women felt trapped by the caste system along with their families but were given a totally different opportunity in Northern India with Sikhism. In Sikhism, women are referred to as the same value as men by Guru Granth, and are even motivated to lead congregations themselves. Even in the Western world, this was not seen as often as you might think, so Sikhism gave women in South Asia the chance to lead themselves down their own path and bring along anyone else that felt the same as them. One of the main reasons it may have been written out specifically in the 10th Guru’s writing may have been because of his own past experiences in Hindu society. In Hindu society, women were only typically seen as the family caregiver and weren’t seen as equals and still aren’t in India, making me believe Guru Granth may have done so to avoid this entirely. For whatever reason he decided, he played a huge role in the freedom of women in Sikhism, something not found in many mainstream religions, even in today’s world.