It’s shocking that in the twenty-first century, women still struggle to earn the same respect, opportunities and equal treatment as men. This is particularly evident for women inside fundamentalist Christian communities where dogma, theology and fear are used to mold them into a strict model of womanhood that dictates behavior, puts them in subordinate roles to men, and limits their opportunities.

This is the subject of my Master’s Capstone Project. For this year-long project, I listened to the experiences of people socialized as women within Christian fundamentalism and examined their stories in light of Complex-PTSD, which misshapes personal identity, atrophies agency and stunts the imagination.

In the following short video, I share an overview of my research and why it’s crucial we pay attention to this age-old problem.