The Need for a New Perspective
This chapter provides an introduction to the current conversation in American religious congregations about women’s ordination. It describes a series of vignettes about controversies over the role of women and leadership in a variety of different religious traditions and denominations over the past several years. It also places the conversation about women’s ordination within the wider discourse on women’s equality in the social, economic, and political spheres. It then explains why a new perspective on women’s ordination is needed and how the book will contribute to the conversation. The chapter finishes with a preview of the content of the book’s chapters.
Keywords: women’s ordination, female clergy, gender gap, women in politics, glass ceiling, stained glass ceiling, women in religion, women religious leaders, Gender and Religious Representation Survey
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