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Clergywomen of the Pioneer Generation: A Longitudinal Study

Joy Charlton
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Dec., 1997), pp. 599-613
DOI: 10.2307/1387693
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1387693
Page Count: 15
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Clergywomen of the Pioneer Generation: A Longitudinal Study
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Abstract

Women who entered Master of Divinity programs leading toward ordination in the 1970s were part of the first generation of women to enter Protestant ministry in large numbers. Utilizing a framework suggested by the work of Everett Hughes on contradictions and dilemmas of status, this paper examines these women's experience of going first, of combining gender and work in a new way, particularly in settings of congregational ministry. The analysis is longitudinal, based on interviews in the 1970s with a sample of 30 women then enrolled in a United Methodist and a Lutheran seminary in the United States, and on interviews with the same sample of women 15 years later.

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