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From American Baptist Women's Ministries

The women's ministries of American Baptist Churches USA celebrate a rich heritage dedicated to ministry and mission. While American Baptist Women's Ministries organized only 55 years ago, the roots of our ministry reach back the early 19th century and intertwine with the histories of our ecumenical sisters when church women gathered in homes to advocate for issues of importance to women and support missions.

In 2001, the American Baptist Historical Society published a historical journal highlighting the history of American Baptist Women's Ministries.

A fascinating collection of historical narratives about women working together in mission societies, guilds, and circles, the journal is available for $5 plus postage. To order, email and reference the American Baptist Quarterly Vol XX No. 3.

Our ministries, resources, and events today are designed to empower women and girls to worship God, grow spiritually, develop their spiritual gifts, care for one another, and reach out to others.

Women share their journeys with God as "herstories," a popular feature that inspires readers of Vital Woman Magazine [], a publication of AB Women's Ministries.

Our Women of the Word Bible study series [] draws women in the congregation together to consider the scriptures related to topical studies. The three volumes of the series, each of which includes six Bible studies, were written by Joyce Anderson-Reed, a missionary in Mexico.

We affirm that God calls women to claim and use their gifts with confidence and competence. We offer resources for an indepth leadership development experience called "Real Women, Real Leaders: Dynamic Leadership for Women's Ministries." []

Leadership workshops and spiritual development are primary to our annual national events for women [] at beautiful Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. We also sponsor Mission Encounters as well as annual events for girls.

AB Women's Ministries is affiliated with Church Women United and the Women's Department of Baptist World Alliance.

For more information, visit our website at

National President Lois Chiles
Executive Director Virginia Holmstrom

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
United Methodist Church

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Clergy Rights for Women and Honor a Leader

March is Women's History Month and a good time to send your words of encouragement and thanks to the women who lead in The United Methodist Church.

This month, take time to write a note to a woman who inspired you in your faith journey. Perhaps a teacher, a youth counselor or your pastor. Maybe your aunt, sister, mother or grandmother paid a significant role in your formation.

The staff at GCSRW suggest you send a note to these great women in your life and to the women who continue to lead our denomination.

For a complete list of women who have led the church in the office of bishop, click here.

Other GCSRW links for bulletin inserts and worship materials:

From Presbyterian Women's Ministries:

Did you know ...

There were 149.1 million females in the United States as of July 1, 2004. That exceeds the number of males (144.5 million). Males outnumber females in every five-year-age group through the 35 to 39 age group. Starting with the 40 to 44 age group, women outnumber men. At 85 and over, there are more than twice as many women as men.

There were 212,000 active duty women in the military in 2004. Of that total, 35,100 women are officers and 177,000 are enlisted.

The median annual earnings of women ages 15 and older who work full time, year-round is $31,223. After adjusting for inflation, earnings for these women declined by 1 percent between 2003 and 2004.

26 percent of women have obtained a bachelor's degree. This rate has increased nearly 7 percentage points in the past decade.

Women, who worked full time, year-round, earned 76 cents for every $1 their male counterparts earned. This amount is down from 77 cents for every dollar in 2002.

Twenty-six percent of women ages 25 and over attained a bachelor's degree or higher in 2004, this is up nearly 7 percentage points from a decade earlier. Eighty-five percent of young women and 84 percent of young men 25 and older had completed high school in 2004. The last year young women and men had equal rates of high school and college attainment was 1995.

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From Phoebe Griswold's address to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women forum: I'd like to issue this challenge to both men and women. I think this is both a challenge and a way forward. What would happen if both men and women were to look around the decision-making tables of councils that represent both men and women and see if the table is 50/50? I would like to challenge men to fill just one half of the table and then to look for women to fill the other half and I'd like to challenge women to prepare themselves, their sisters, their girls, to move into leadership roles through education in schools, theological institutions and other places of learning. Women should be at these tables as these are the places where policy and funds are allocated. I would like to challenge women to think about how to strategize to get to these tables, to train and prepare women for leadership and particularly at all levels of our church.

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This link provides access to a book the Institute for Women's Policy Research published in June 2005, The Ties That Bind: Women’s Public Vision for Politics, Religion, and Civil Society: 

This link provides access to a webchat on religion and feminism: 

An important article on conservative attacks on women in the mainline Protestant churches: 

A link to IWPR's work on religion, women, and politics:

Women's ministry in the national setting of the United Church of Christ celebrates women in all their diversity. We cherish and work to be advocates on behalf of all women, lay and clergy, the young and the not as young!

We see our task as a sharing one: sharing the incredible strengths and resources found in United Church of Christ women so that we may better be about carrying out God's ministry and mission in the world. Go here to read the UCC Women's Page.

Let us together, women and men, young and old, give thanks for the call of Christ to follow him into a broken world to lead the church into making all things new.

Go here to experience a Presbyterian worship service celebrating the role of women in the church.


As United Methodist women celebrate their 50th anniversary of ministry, United Methodist News Service takes a look at women's achievements and continued challenges:

United Methodist women: A 50th anniversary is a time for celebration, and United Methodists around the world are doing just that this year as they mark the jubilee of full clergy rights for women.

Such a milestone is also a cause for reflection, and for many women leaders, the analysis is sobering. While women - lay and clergy alike - have moved from marginal support roles in the church to positions of leadership, they still find themselves confronting limited opportunities and problems being accepted. More.

We'd like to provide articles and links that will share what the indispensable women in your congregation or organization are doing. Please send your URL's, links and blogs here.


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