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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 Empowerment and Mobilization

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She Preached the Word

Benjamin R. Knoll and

Cammie Jo Bolin

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to the public opinion survey data to examine the same question as the previous chapter but from a quantitative perspective. In general, the evidence shows that the presence of female clergy, policies regarding female clergy, and lay female leadership in congregations matter in terms of people’s level of religiosity, spirituality, and trust in and identification with their congregations. These effects, though, are more modest than often asserted: women in congregations with the strongest degree of female leadership have levels of religiosity—about 13% higher than women in congregations with the maximum amount of male leadership. The evidence also shows that sharing leadership equally between men and women would produce similar results. Most interestingly, we find that the effects are found not only among women but especially among political and theological progressives.

Keywords:   religiosity, spirituality, efficacy, identity, political partisanship, self-sorting, Gender and Religious Representation Survey

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