Laura M. Markowitz is the editor of In Family: A Magazine for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Their Relations. She researched the life of nuns on a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and is on the board of the Bhikkshuni Foundation. Parts of this article appeared in the July 1995 issue of Ms. magazine and are used here with permission.
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