Are Church Women Treated As Second Class Citizens In Your Denomination?

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Do you think Church Women are treated as second class citizens in many denominations?

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Church Women – Second Class Citizens

It is quite amazing to me that in a place where majority of the members are women, that this group can be treated so poorly by many denominations.   Women do so much in churches and I wonder what would happen if  church women should lay down arms for just a month.  I really struggle with keeping my mouth shut when I see the way some women are treated in some denominations.  I have seen too many women struggle in marriages that are falling apart without getting the help they need.  If they cannot get help from the church that is supposed to protect them, then where are they supposed to go?  From what I can see women are second class citizens in many denominations and I wonder why this has been allowed to go on for so long.

Are church women treated as second class citizens in your denomination?

Patriarchy in the church has been a huge problem for a very long time; not much has changed since then. There are still churches that treat women as if they are second class citizens.  There must be a collective documented effort by the church to defend the rights of women.  Patriarchy is an oppressive culture that seems to be the mainstay in too many churches today.  It is not as blatant as it was before,  but it still exists, sometimes in such a subtle form, that you have to really look closely.

In  many Churches it is okay for women to clean the church, work in the kitchen, and greet visitors.  However, when it comes to making any administrative decisions, this must be done by the men.  This attitude is so ingrained that many administrative positions are occupied by men who are not qualified for the job.  They would rather have poor representation than fill the position by a qualified woman.

Patriarchy in the church has been a huge problem for a very long time

As I close I want to leave these questions with you.  I hope you can answer them objectively, even to yourselves:

How does your denomination treat the female members?

How does the leaders treat the women in your congregation?

Do you think women (in general) are treated as second class citizens in many denominations?

Do you know of a church where women are treated as second class citizens?

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2 Responses

  1. I have not really noticed anything of that sort in my church. I am a Catholic and I see both men and women working in the Parish office. Of course, final decisions are always made by the parish priest. I have seen other religious denominations where women and men stay in separate areas when they attend service.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Annemarie some of it is cultural and that does not excuse it. I know men and women are working but who does what is the other question

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