This Time Tomorrow: Women in Religious Reform Movements

Monday, April 18, 2016, 7pm

The Mansion


This Time Tomorrow:
Women in Religious Reform Movements

Panel Discussion with Asra Nomani, Rabbi Esther Lederman,
Jeannette MulherinElizabeth Maurer 
Moderated by Maureen Fiedler, host of radio’s Interfaith Voices 

Presented in conjunction with I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk

Anne Hutchinson’s courageous resistance to male domination of religion in her Puritan world of the 1600s made her an icon of equality for all. Prior to Strathmore’s world premiere of I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk starring Kristin Chenoweth, join us for a conversation on the history and current state of reform movements in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Maureen Fiedler of radio’s Interfaith Voices hosts this panel featuring former Wall Street Journal reporter and Georgetown University visiting scholar Asra Nomani, Rabbi Esther Lederman, and past president of the Women’s Ordination Conference Jeannette Mulherin. Free; registration required.

These discussions are a part of a series of events leading up to our World Premiere production, I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk on April 23 & 24. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #IAm.

Moderator: Maureen Fiedler, SL

Fiedler is the creator and host of the NPR program Interfaith Voices. Fiedler is also the editor of two books: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words, and co-editor of Rome Has Spoken: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements, and How They Have Changed Through the Centuries.

Fiedler has been an active participant in interfaith activities for more than three decades, including coalitions working for social justice, racial and gender equality, LGBT rights, and peace. In earlier years, she was an activist for the Equal Rights Amendment, one of eight women to fast for 37 days in 1982 in Springfield, IL for the ERA.

Fiedler is a Sister of Loretto and holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University. Her special interests lie at the intersection of theology and public policy.


Asra Nomani

Nomani is a writer-activist dedicated to reclaiming women’s rights and principles of tolerance in the Muslim world. She is cofounder of the Muslim Reform Movement, advocating for peace, human rights, women’s rights, and secular governance. A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, she is the author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love, a journey into her identity as a Muslim, an Indian, and an American. While a journalism professor at  Georgetown University, she co-directed the Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigation into the murder of The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Born in India, Nomani moved with her family to the United States at age four. She is an alumna of West Virginia University and holds a master’s degree in international communications from American University’s School of International Service. She has written on issues related to Islam for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time magazine, American Prospect, Slate, and Sojourners magazine and has provided commentary on CNN, NPR, BBC, Nightline, and Al-Jazeera. Nomani currently lives in northern Virginia with her son.

Rabbi Esther Lederman

Rabbi Lederman is the Director of Communities of Practice at the Union for Reform Judaism. Prior to that role, she was the Associate Rabbi at Temple Micah in Washington, DC. Prior to becoming a rabbi, Lederman worked in the nonprofit world and held positions with the Israel Policy Forum and served as the National Director of Habonim Dror North America. She received her BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from McGill University in 1996 and was ordained in 2008 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City.

Lederman is very involved in the wider Jewish community, at both the national and local levels. She serves on the advisory council of AVODAH in Washington, DC and serves on the national board of Ameinu, a national, progressive Zionist organization. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, she now makes her home in Virginia with her husband and two children.

Jeannette Mulherin

Jeannette Mulherin is a feminist, women’s rights activist, and former president of the Women’s Ordination Conference Board of Directors, a national organization founded in 1975 to work for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.  When she isn’t agitating for women’s equality, Mulherin is a consultant with extensive experience in national security issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University with a concentration in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations. 

Elizabeth Maurer

Maurer is a Museum Professional who specializes in creating both hands-on and minds-on learning experiences for children, adults, and families. In her current role as the Director of Program for the National Women’s History Museum in Alexandria, Virginia (and at she creates historical content and programs that bring women’s history into popular culture.


The views and opinions expressed by our panel of experts are their own and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Strathmore. Strathmore’s inclusion of speakers does not represent an endorsement of their views. 

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