Women's Rights wouldn't even be an issue if social equality paralleled religious equality. It is always surprising to hear women ask what their rights are in Sikhism as if they were created any less than a man. We find it absolutely necessary to address the most frequently asked questions.
© 2001 Gurumustuk Singh, used with permission.
In Sikhism, a woman is not to be outcast or chastised during menstruation. The natural process is not considered 'dirty', or 'unholy'.
My dear sisters and spiritual companions, hug me close in your embrace. Let's join together, and tell stories of our All-powerful Lord.
Guru Nanak Page 17, line 16
Girl friends, ...Death will not knock on your door, if you listen to these teachings.
Guru Nanak Page 567, Line10
Come, dear sisters let us join together.
Guru Ram Daas Page 96, line 6
The unfathomable beloved resides in every man and woman's heart.
Guru Ram Daas Page 605, Line 6
Join with me, my sisters, and sing the songs of rejoicing the Lord of the Universe
Guru Arjan Page 136, line 6
As a person of God (Gurmukh), listen to the Name of the Lord, my sisters.
Guru Amar Daas Page 366, line 12
Guru Amar Daas Page 37, line 19
Come and meet with me, my sister souls, and unite me with my God.
Guru Amar Daas Page 38, line 5
In recent history (1980), Krishan Kaur Khalsa was the first woman to perform kirtan, within the confines of Sri Harimandir Sahib.