UMC clergywomen still receive substantially less compensation
Length of service, age, seniority, and regionality account for some gaps in pay
by Magaela C. Bethune, MS, MPA
By Erin Kane, GCSRW Director of Research and Monitoring
The U.S. is one of the only industrialized nations that does not offer guaranteed paid maternity or
by Kristin Knudson
U.S. clergywomen in The United Methodist Church on average earn 13% less than their male counterparts, and
clergypersons of color—Black, Hispanic/Latina, Native American, Asian- and Pacific Island-Americans—earn
9% to 15% less than white clergy.
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.)