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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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Clergywomen and Young Girls

Clergywomen and Young Girls

The Importance of Role Models

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She Preached the Word

Benjamin R. Knoll and

Cammie Jo Bolin

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins to explore the second research question of the book: what effect do female clergy have on those in the pews? More specifically, it examines whether female clergy can serve as positive and influential role models for children and adolescents in ways that enhance their levels of personal and societal empowerment as adults. The results show that girls and young women are indeed affected by both the regularity of female clergy in their youth as well as the presence of influential female religious leaders in their lives such that their levels of psychological, economic, and religious empowerment as adults are improved. In particular, the presence of a female religious leader during a girl’s childhood adds approximately one year of education compared to girls whose primary religious leader in childhood was a man.

Keywords:   role models, mentoring, self-esteem, self-efficacy, empowerment, view of God, Gender and Religious Representation Survey, gender socialization

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