Sikhism: prejudice and discrimination
Sikh women have equal rights to men because Waheguru [Waheguru: A Punjabi term used in Sikhism to refer to God. ] is neither male nor female.
Sikh women can become:
A woman is free to choose her position in the Sikh community and, particularly in the West, more Sikh women now choose to follow a career or get a university education.
The prejudice often experienced by women in Indian society was frowned upon by the Gurus:
We are conceived and born from women. Woman is our life-long friend and keeps the race going. Why should we despise her, the one who gives birth to great men?’
Guru Granth Sahib Ji
The role of women in the gurdwara is increasing because of a policy initiated by the Gurus. The reason many women did not assist with Sikh ceremonies in earlier times was more due to the general prejudices [Prejudice: An opinion about something or someone not based on fact. ] of the period, than any sexist [Sexism: Discrimination based on a person's gender. ] belief.