Here is a fantastic post by Rachel Held Evans about why women are not speaking at mainstream Christian conferences. Before you groan, this is not a rant, it is a really relevant, well constructed post.
It’s kind of timely for me too. I was scrolling through the line up to a conference yesterday thinking “Where are the female voices, the female perspective?” Sometimes it feels like a mens club! The other thing I noticed this week is that there are many leaders conferences which have a special “sub-conference” for leaders wives. Now, on one hand this is great, as it’s good to get together with other leaders wives and share our journey etc. The thing is though, I want to be in the thick of it. My husband and I lead this church together, we pray for direction together (as well as with others), if we can go to a conference together I want to take part, not get shepherd off to a special room for women while men do the “leadership/theology stuff”.
What are your views? Is there a place for women to lead mainstream (personally, I’m thinking missionally here) or are women speakers consigned to inspirational and fluffy speaking? Is this just a situation that will move forward over time? For instance, I love speaking at our church, but I know some years back it would be frowned upon if I did speak as much as I do now.
I’d be interested to hear your perspective (please respect each others point of view in your comments!)