The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World

The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World. Pew Research Center. March 22, 2016.

Standard lists of history’s most influential religious leaders, among them Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), tend to be predominantly, if not exclusively, male. Yet it often appears that the ranks of the faithful are dominated by women. In the United States, for example, women are more likely than men to say religion is “very important” in their lives. American women also are more likely than American men to say they pray daily and attend religious services at least once a week. According to media accounts, women so outnumber men in the pews of many U.S. churches that some clergy have changed decor, music, and worship styles to try to bring more men into their congregations. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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