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The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World

Standard lists of history’s most influential religious leaders – among them Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) – tend to be predominantly, if not exclusively, male. Many religious groups, including Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews, allow only men to be clergy, while others, including some denominations in the evangelical Protestant tradition, have lifted that restriction only in recent decades. Yet it often appears that the ranks of the faithful are dominated by women.

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1. Women more likely than men to affiliate with a religion

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2. Gender differences in worship attendance vary across religious groups

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3. Women report praying daily at higher rates than men

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4. Religion is equally or more important to women than men in most countries

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5. Women and men about equally likely to believe in heaven, hell and angels

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6. In the U.S., religious commitment is high and the gender gap is wide

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7. Theories explaining gender differences in religion

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