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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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A slow march forward: the impact of religious change on gender ideology in the contemporary United States

A slow march forward: the impact of religious change on gender ideology in the contemporary United States

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(p.59) Three A slow march forward: the impact of religious change on gender ideology in the contemporary United States
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Women and Religion
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Joshua D. Tuttle

Shannon N. Davis

, Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, Consuelo Corradi
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.003.0004

This chapter talks about the substantial decline of Mainline Protestantism and the tremendous growth of the religiously unaffiliated population. It examines how these cultural changes are related to the trends in gender ideology since the late 1970s, with a specific focus on the reversal in the trend towards gender egalitarianism in the mid-1990s, and the slow growth of gender egalitarianism throughout the 2000s. A constrained age period cohort model to several decades of data from the GSS General Social Survey is applied to evaluate the effect that religious change has had on gender ideology in the US. The results show that the decline of Mainline Protestantism has undermined progress towards gender egalitarianism, while the rise of the religiously unaffiliated seems not significantly related to trends in gender ideology.

Keywords:   Mainline Protestantism, gender ideology, gender egalitarianism, cultural changes, religious change

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