Status of Women in the Universal Church

This paper will be looking at the status of women from biblical times to their current position in the universal church. Throughout recorded history women have been considered the weaker sex. This concept is taken from biblical writings in the third chapter of 1 Peter Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered” (1 Peter 3:7,King James Bible (KJB)). Although the text says “honor” and “being heirs together of the grace,” men chose to remember the term “weaker vessel”. The purpose of this paper is to explore the progression of the concept of the female sex being thought of as the “weaker vessel” and how that has evolved into the discrimination of women today, specifically those involved in the universal church. The progression of this paper will move from Biblical times through current day, where The Convention of the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will be discussed and used as a lens to examine the current status of women in the church.

Key Words


Human Rights

Women's Rights

Universal Church

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Janine Duncan

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

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