Blaming Eve: The Dangerous Legacy of Excluding Women from Leadership

Dismantling the Church’s Patriarchal Past

Dan Foster
Backyard Church
Published in
8 min readJun 2, 2024

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In 2010, Julia Gillard became the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. Notably, she was the first woman to hold that high office. As far as Western nations go, Australia was relatively late to the party in that respect, and the USA still hasn’t arrived.

I used to laugh about the fact that Julia Gillard was able to run my country, but if she walked into the church I was attending at the time, she wouldn’t be able to hold a leadership position because she is a woman and well… that’s what my old church believed.

She could have been in charge of making morning tea after the church service or been given responsibility for arranging the flowers. At a stretch, she might have become the Children’s Sunday School coordinator, but one thing is for sure. She would never be able to be involved in making big decisions on the direction of the church, how the church spent its money, and who the church employed as its pastor. And, she most certainly would never have been allowed in the pulpit.

She could stand on the dais in the country’s highest office and enact legislation that affects how everything runs, but she can’t preach in an obscure little church down the street.

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Dan Foster
Backyard Church

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