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Church Structural Sexism

Church Structural Sexism is a 3-item measure of systematic gender inequality in power and resources within religious congregations. These items are asked of the leader of a congregation.

Categories

Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

1. Would an otherwise qualified woman in the congregation be permitted to serve as a full-fledged member of the congregation's main governing body or coordinating committee?
2. Would an otherwise qualified woman be permitted to serve as a the head clergyperson or primary religious leader of the congregation?

Response Options:
Yes - 0
No - 1

3. How many of the following things are women prohibited from doing in the congregation:

  • Teaching co-ed classes
  • Preaching at the main worship service
  • Serving on the governing body
  • Being the head clergyperson/leader

Response Options:
0
1
2
3
4

Scoring Procedures

Each of the items is meant to be interpreted individually. Higher values indicate greater sexism in congregations.

Original Citation

Homan, P., Brown, T. H., & King, B. (2021). Structural intersectionality as a new direction for health disparities research. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 62, 350-370. https://doi.org/10.1177/00221465211032947

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