By Heather Peck Stahl
Earlier this year, policies governing United Methodist general agencies were
expanded to allow women up to 18 days of paid time off after the birth of a child.
The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women had pushed for this
change for 11 years.
By Elaine Moy*
"[General church agencies] will provide leave for newborn or adoption childcare leave in the amount
of 18 days." (Adopted Feb 2011, Personnel Policies and Procedures of the
General Agancies or the United Methodist Chruch.)
The Wall Street Journal had a special section - The Journal Report,
Women in the Economy, on April 11, 2011. The section gave highlights from its inaugural meeting
of the Wall Street Journal Task Force for Women in the Economy.
The meeting included almost 200 top leaders in government, business and academia to discuss reasons
for the slippage of women in top leadership positions and the task force established
an action plan for how companies, government and people can address it.
A recent White House report is being billed as the government's
"most comprehensive report on the state of women in 50 years."
by Elaine Moy*
The chart below lists the U.S. United Methodist annual conferences in which 10% or more of their employees are racial-ethnic
clergywomen and laywomen. There are 63 annual conferences in the United States. Below are also the U.S. annual
conferences with the lowest percentage of racial-ethnic clergywomen or laywomen employees.
Our 2011 Women's history month resources examine United Methodist women's shared history that unites families, churches, communities, and nations.
Although women's history in church and society is iterwined with the history shared with men, several factors - social, religious,
economic and biological - have worked to create a unique sphere of women's history.
by Craig This
The chart below* lists the top 10 U.S. annual conferences that have the highest percentage of leadership positions
held by women (lay and clergy). This chart looks at only leadership positions because this is where decisions, authority
and power are held. Generally when assessing the overall statistics of an organization, there is a high percentage of
women primarily because women are employed as support staff rather than managerial/leadership staff.
by Craig This *
Half (52%), 286 of the 547 executive/director positions* in the annual conferences of the United Methodist Church
are help by clergymen, according to the annual conference desk audits conducted by the
General Commission on the Religion and Race (GCORR) and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW).
Couple those 286 clergymen with the 151 clergywomen in executive/director positions and clergy hold 80% of all
executive/director positions in the annual conferences (see Table 1).
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is Part 2 of a two-part series. It is a continuation of the Women By the Numbers article in the
October 2010 issue, which can be found HERE.
Clergy dominate the categories 1-3 positions (executives/directors, professionals, managers/administrators) in all three
jurisdictions with 98% of the positions for South Central Jurisdiction, 86% of the Western Jurisdiction, and 64%
for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. (Because of their education levels, clergy are usually not found in categories 4-6 positions.)
Nevertheless, clergy can be found occupying the leadership positions of most annual conferences in the
South Central, Southeastern, and Western Jurisdictions.
by Craig This*
Women make up 63% of the annual conference employees in the North Central (NCJ) and Northeastern (NEJ) Jurisdiction
in the United methodist Church. most of the women enployed in these regions of the denomination hold support positions.
Approximately 282 of the 481 or 59% of the women employed by the NCJ and NEJ are employed in categories 4-6
(technicians, administration/clerical support, service/maintenance workers) (see Table 2). Of the 199 women who
are employed in categories 1-3 (executives/directors, professionals, managers/administrator), only
19 or 10% of those women hold executive/director positions.