by Amanda Mountain & Rev. Leigh Goodrich
There are only 63 Central Conference laywomen delegates elected to General Conference. Unfortunately, we do not know how many total laywomen there are in the Central Conferences so we cannot tell if this is representative
There are only 27 Central Conference clergywomen delegates elected to General Conference. Unfortunately, we do not know how many total clergywomen there are in the Central Conferences so we cannot tell if this is representative.
The percentage of clergywomen from the Central Conferences went up by 1% from 2012 and 2016, and the percentage of lay women from Central Conferences went down by 3% from 2012 to 2016. The numbers of Central Conference female delegates in both lay and clergy categories is very low, with little change in numbers from 2012 to 2016. Why is this?
2012 Lay- 62% male/38% female vs.2016 Lay- 64% male/ 35% female
2012 Clergy- 86% male/14% female vs. 2016 Clergy- 84% male/15% female
The number of female clergy elected as delegates to General Conference is very low in each region. Where are our Central Conference clergywomen delegates? Are there just not that many clergywomen in the Central Conferences or are Central Conference clergywomen just not elected as delegates to General Conference?
In the next Women by the Numbers, we take an in-depth look at the US delegates, breaking the numbers down by clergy/lay status, conference, and membership. And stay tuned in the coming weeks for more statistics leading up to General Conference in Portland this May.
 See the Women by the Numbers archives for 2012 General Conference delegate figures available here.