CONFLICT & Learning to Love Criticism #NewYorkTimes

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Research cited in this article points out that women leaders receive more criticism than men, and that the criticism is often unfairly directed toward their personality traits. This article offers helpful ways for everyone to handle unfair criticism.”

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WOMEN LEADERS & Is the ‘stained-glass ceiling’ cracking or is it the General Motors phenomenon? #Pew Research

“Women in Major Metro Pulpits” graphic by Tiffany McCallen/Religion News Service.

Cracks in the ‘stained-glass ceiling’: Women reach prominent pulpits

by Adelle M. Banks

(RNS) Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities.

In May, the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner became the first woman solo senior pastor at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. In June, the Rev. Amy Butler was elected senior pastor of New York City’s Riverside Church. And finally, in July, the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli began leading Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.

“For women to speak in those pulpits and speak boldly as public voices in these very public buildings is very powerful,” said the Rev. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary, who recently hosted a dinner party with some of New York’s movers and shakers to welcome Butler to town.

Scholar Diana Butler Bass hailed the arrival of these women — all in their 40s and leading large, urban, neo-Gothic churches — but also wondered if they reflect the “General Motors phenomenon.”It’s been 40 years since the Episcopal Church first ordained women, and other denominations have long included women in their clergy ranks. But these new advances are occurring sooner in the lives of these three women than some of their older counterparts. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research reports that women clergy are much more likely to serve in smaller congregations.

“Are women coming into leadership only as the institutions are collapsing?” asked Bass, author of “Christianity After Religion.”

“Now that they’re in crisis, it’s almost like the men are moving out and, ‘Oh well, we’ll just leave it to the women.’ Then if the church doesn’t succeed, then it’s the woman’s fault. It’s a kind of a double-edged sword…”

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WOMEN LEADERS & Perceptions about women bosses improve, but gap remains #PewResearch

by ANNA BROWN, Pew Research, 10/8/14

Women may have made measurable progress in the workplace over the last few decades, yet old ways die hard. Women still lag when it comes to holding top managerial positions. And among those with a preference, both men and women say they prefer male bosses and co-workers.

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WOMEN & Grudem on Grudem’s Studies via #ScotMcKnight

Introduction by Scot McKnight to an Interview with Wayne Grudem by Books at a Glance.

Wayne Grudem has recently been interviewed by Books at a Glance, and here is a brief clip — at the link you can see the whole interview: I’m not so sure that ‘complementarian’ can be defined as ‘equal in value but different in their God-given roles.’ It’s not difference that is the issue; the issue is the kind of difference.”

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WOMEN LEADERS & A Case Study on How to Maintain Gender Balance in Leadership

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “This case study gives actionable ideas to balance women leaders in an organization where there is resistance to women leaders. This article has good ideas for a church/denomination where similar resistance to women leaders is evident. The article emphasizes that due to maternity, women often want flexibility in their schedules but will maintain the same degree of work if full-time equivalence is considered. In addition this case study shows that diversity committees don’t usually work. Instead senior leadership must be champions and advocates for women in leadership. Read this article for more helpful insights for balancing the leadership of a church or denomination.”

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WOMEN LEADERS & Female leaders outscore male counterparts in most of the 7 metrics of effective leadership #ForbesMagazine #ORGANIXbook

“Female leaders around the world bested their male counterparts in five out of seven metrics of effective leadership.

The research focused on seven key traits of effective leadership, with women in leadership pulling ahead in five of those areas.
In the top four—“leading by example,” “communicating in an open and transparent way,” “admitting mistakes,” and “bringing out the best in others,”—more than half of respondents felt that women leaders performed better than men.

A fifth metric—“handling controversial issues or crises calmly and confidently”—placed males and females at a similar 48% to 52%.”

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TEAMWORK & How to scale up your team to greatness

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “This article uses case studies to show that you just can’t tread water with the same teams … you must multiply your teams. Some of the best takeaway is 1) use women leaders, 2) coordinate the team leaders between teams or in other words create a super team of coordinators, and 3) keep your teams small around a half-dozen people. For more significant insights for multiplying teams and their leadership read this article.”

ARTICLE by Robert Sutton, Fortune Magazine.

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WOMEN & Resources For Empowerment in Women’s Lives

Infographic: Resources for Empowerment in Women's LivesResources for Empowerment in Women’s Lives

No society can prosper without providing equal access to resources for women and men so that they are empowered to shape their own lives and contribute to their families and communities. Resources and opportunities that act as building blocks for empowerment include education, employment, and health care. The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program collected data on aspects of women’s and men’s access to resources in 47 countries during the years 2000-2012

Infographic by: dhsprogram

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WOMEN LEADERS & More Women Marrying “Down”

Record share of wives are more educated than their husbands
by Wendy Wang, Pew Research Center, 2/12/14


WOMEN & Leadership

Making America Christian: a forgotten history
by Priscilla Pope-Levison

“I no longer ask the question, Were there any women? Nor do I ask, Where have all the women gone? Now I know, at least in part. They’ve underwritten the legacy of American religion, which, until now, has been overwritten by the lives and legacy of their male counterparts. No more, however. It is time to write women evangelists into the history of American religion because our take on American religion is different—changed—by their ubiquitous presence, their bold initiatives, their fascinating personalities…”

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WOMEN & Leadership

Women daring mighty things
by Tara Beth Leach, shared by scotmcknight 

“This post is by graduate assistant at Northern Seminary, Tara Beth Leach, a woman gifted to teach and preach and acknowledged by her peers.

“That’s wonderful that you have experienced such a strong sense of call, Tara Beth; but you must be mistaken, women can’t be Pastors,” said my Youth for Christ leader after I had just poured my heart out to him regarding a profound experience I had just had. He went on, “You could be a women’s pastor or a children’s pastor or a missionary, but not a lead pastor.”

This was the first of dozens of times I have heard something like this. So naturally, when I graduated college and stepped into my first pastoral role, I thought the only challenge I would face as a woman in ministry was more of the same – someone expressing their belief that a women couldn’t be a pastor or teach or preach. Indeed, I’ve endured that conversation more times than I’d want to admit, but to my surprise that hasn’t been the only challenge.

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Pew survey finds pay gains for millennial women
By Ricardo Lopez, December 11, 2013,0,2036217.story#axzz2nB8Bqj1p

WOMEN & the race is over, women have surpassed men

by Scot McKnight

“The share of couples where the husband’s education exceeds his wife’s increased steadily from 1960 to 1990, but has fallen since then to 20% in 2012.

The trend toward wives being more educated than their husbands is even more prevalent among newlyweds, partly because younger women have surpassed men in higher education in the past two decades. In 2012, 27% of newlywed women married a spouse whose education level was lower than theirs. By contrast, only 15% of newlywed men married a spouse with less education. Among college educated newlyweds (including those with postgraduate and advanced degrees), nearly four-in-ten women (39%) married a spouse without a college degree, but only 26% of men did so.”

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