Arlene Swidler

Arlene Swidler

As a part of the post-Vatican II, Arlene’s work on women in the Catholic Church began in 1966.
Her feminist ideas began in Catholicism, but they soon expanded to other religions as well.
Most of her efforts were spent meeting and talking with people and editing. By the early
1990’s, she had published more than eighty articles and book reviews, served as an editor of
two different periodicals, and participated in editing and writing thirteen books, along with
more than forty years of college/university teaching.
She served as a English teacher, an occasional columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, and
for four years as chairperson of the Committee on Liturgical and Ecumenical Affairs of the
National Council of Catholic Women. She co-founded with her husband The Journal of
Ecumenical Studies in 1964 and was the education editor for 25 years(?)