ERIC Number: ED188969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Some Reflections of a Female Seminarian: Woman, Whither Goest Thou?
Rayburn, Carole A.
This paper examines the attitudes and behavior of male students and teachers toward female seminary students. The purpose is to determine the extent to which female students are accepted as being equal to male seminary students. Data are based on experiences of female students in two Protestant seminaries--one in a cosmopolitan capital city and one in a small university town. Review of historical and current seminary enrollment figures reveals only a small minority of female students. For example, one seminary belonging to a traditional religion in which women are allowed to function as unordained but paid staff ministers has graduated thousands of male seminarians and only five female seminarians since 1950. Indications of bias against female seminarians include failure of professors to address female students, sexist reading material, narrow and sexist interpretations of Biblical precepts regarding women, attitudes among male seminarians that women should not be ministers, and failure of teachers and administrators to recommend qualified female seminary students for job interviews. Findings indicate that religious education has not kept pace with the secular world in providing necessary advances on behalf of women. The conclusion is that seminaries would improve their treatment of women if they offered equal opportunity for all graduates, employed non-sexist language, provided special counselors for women, and offered courses on the psychology of women. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention (New York, NY, September 1, 1979).