Senior Theses

Publication Date


Document Type

Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies


Religious Studies

Faculty Advisor(s)

Jennifer Williams

Subject Categories

Biblical Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Religion


We live in an increasingly patriarchal society, and in order for women to not only survive in our society, but thrive, they need strong female role models. Now the question is, how do we find strong female role models? The field of Religious Studies can be used to uncover said female role models by way of examining mythology and ancient texts. Perhaps one of the most unexpected role models to come out of this examination is Lilith. She is unexpected because her story is often told in a deeply negative way, and her portrayal in both mythology and rabbinical texts is quite literally demonizing. However, those tales are traditionally patriarchal, which means that if they were to be examined in a different light, she would arguably become a prominent example of feminism and a popular female role model.



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