More women leaders in US church than in general workforce
The percentage of women in diocesan leadership positions compares favourably with the US workforce, according to a church study released by the US Bishops' Committee on Women in Society and in the Church last week.
Independent Catholic News reports Bureau of Labour Statistics revealing that, in 2002 women made up 51% of the executive, administrative, managerial and professional workforce. In that same year, women held 48.9% of diocesan administrative positions.
The study, Women in Diocesan Leadership Positions: Progress Report, 2003, was conducted by The National Association of Church Personnel Administrators.
It is the second follow-up to a 1998 Women's Committee document From Words to Deeds, which encouraged the appointment of women to church leadership positions.
"The results of this survey are indeed encouraging," said Bishop Edward P Cullen, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, chairman of the Women's Committee. "Now that women hold nearly 50% of diocesan leadership positions, there is an even greater need for the document that the Women's Committee is developing to promote collaboration between women and clergy."
More women leaders in US church than in general workforce (Independent Catholic News 30/6/04)
Women in Diocesan Leadership Positions: Progress Report, 2003
Women make up half U.S. diocesan leaders (Washington Times/United Press International 25/6/04)
Number of Women Leaders in Church Grows (Zenit 29/6/04)
31 Jul 2004