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Women Feeling Marginalized, Disrespected

The genders differ in their views of how society treats women

A narrow majority of men in the U.S. (51 percent) say society generally treats men and women the same, according to a recent Gallup poll. However, women see things differently.

Approximately 6 in 10 women (59 percent) believe society favors men. A much smaller share of women (32 percent) say the genders receive equal treatment.

Just over a third of men (34 percent) say they enjoy better societal treatment than women. Yet only 8 percent of women, and 13 percent of men, believe women receive more favorable treatment than men.

Jesus looked past social barriers and respectfully welcomed all people into the Kingdom.

These views have improved modestly since 2000, when 41 percent of men and 62 percent of women said the scales tipped in favor of men.

Nevertheless, just 48 percent of women today believe they are treated with dignity and respect — the lowest percentage since 2011. Meanwhile, 70 percent of men say society extends dignity and respect to women.

Despite the strides toward equality women have made, many still feel marginalized. The experiences and perspectives of men and women often differ significantly, and churches must be willing to hear these viewpoints. We should continue to open doors for women to participate at every level of leadership in our ministries.

Jesus looked past social barriers and respectfully welcomed all people into the Kingdom. He led the way in demonstrating the value of both men and women as His image bearers. His Church must do the same.

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