I agree that the primary reason for the slowness of patriarchy’s demise is religion. The Bible is full of both blatant and subtle denigration of women. The Catholic church still will not consider allowing women to be priests as the Bible commands women to be silent in church and forbids them to teach men. The Bible also insists that woman are unclean when menstruating and are to be shunned during the process. The Quran is even more misogynistic, treating women as posessions and worth only half a man. Many reports indicate that Christianity is dying, church attendance falling, and few new converts, but it will still takes decades for the damage it has done to be ratified.