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She Preached the WordWomen's Ordination in Modern America$
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Benjamin R. Knoll and Cammie Jo Bolin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190882365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190882365.001.0001

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The Effect of Clergywomen

The Effect of Clergywomen

Religious Representation

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(p.147) 7 The Effect of Clergywomen
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She Preached the Word
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Benjamin R. Knoll and

Cammie Jo Bolin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882365.003.0007

This chapter focuses on how gender leadership affects people’s interactions with their religious congregations. Based on political science research on representation, the chapter develops a theoretical explanation about how gender representation in religious contexts might exert changes in the religious attitudes and behaviors of those in the congregations. The results find that while people are eager to say that the gender of their particular pastor or priest does not matter, they are also quick to offer observations on the many ways in which they have observed that it does matter. These include the empowering effect it can have on young girls, the way that women clergy can often provide better pastoral counseling on gender-specific issues such as pregnancy or miscarriage, and that women pastors can attract more families and youth.

Keywords:   representation, descriptive representation, substantive representation, gender representation, religious empowerment, spiritual empowerment, Gender and Religious Representation Survey

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