By Rev. Leigh Goodrich
Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA
While The United Methodist Church (UMC) membership is comprised 58% of women (Goodrich, 2017), women made up 28.4%
of UMC clergy positions in 2015. This is only a slight increase from 2003 and 2008 figures, which estimated clergywomen’s
representation to be 24% (Moy, 2010). While women remain underrepresented in clergy roles overall, there is variation
in how clergy are distributed by gender across the country. Further, there is regional variation in how clergywomen
are compensated, in comparison to clergymen. Led by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW),
a recent study used 2015 nationwide data provided by Wespath Benefits and Investments
 to determine geographic trends in clergywomen’s compensation. Researcher Magaela C. Bethune
 used quantitative analytical methods to examine the influence of gender and geography on the composition
and compensation of UMC clergy.
By Erin Kane, GCSRW Director of Research and Monitoring
As Vacation Bible School starts up this summer, our children will be learning many of the key stories of
our faith. Will they learn about the women in Scripture? Maybe not.
Former board member of GCSRW Cynthia Bond Hopson has written
a book celebrating her women mentors and role models from her
hometown in Tennessee.
The Women of Haywood, Their Lives, Our Legacy is about four
professional African American women in Haywood County and is the
seventh book by Hopson, a Haywood County native.
By Elaine Moy
Making your church or workplace more “women welcoming” may benefit all people, according to a recent
article in Crain’s Chicago Business. The article recounted the results of a study of more than 100 successful
teams in 21 major companies.
By Elaine Moy
According to Working Mother magazine (October
2011) all of their Working Mother 100 Best
By Julie Kathleen Schubring
A recent poll among the readers of the Ladies’ Home Journal produced a report in the July 2011 issue titled: “What Does it
Take for a Woman to Feel Happy & Fulfilled?” I found a few of the responses surprising, and it prompted me to
conduct my own quick informal survey among fellow active women faith leaders via Survey Monkey and Facebook.
By Elaine Moy*
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.
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.
The number of females in the
United States as of July 1, 2003.
That exceeds the number of males
(143.0 million). Males outnumber
females in every five-year-age
group through the 35 to 39 age
group. Starting with the 40 to 44
age group, women outnumber
men. At 85 and over, there are
more than twice as many women