Statistics on church attendance show that 60% are women. For whatever reason, church attracts more women than men.
In the atheist groups I’ve been affiliated with, the percentage is just the opposite. Perhaps these groups are perhaps 70% men.
I suppose there are many causes of these numbers. Might it have to do the fact that men rise the corporate ladder more easily than women? I don’t know the connection, but there might be one.
I read somewhere recently that some clergy are better at attracting men to become active in church than are others. These men are featured speakers at workshops, but nothing seems to change.
The importance of this is the observation that when both the husband and wife are church goers the children are more likely to remain active in the faith.
This overweight of women is all the more mysterious when we look at the prejudice against women in the Bible and in offices of the church. The history of the church has shown a bias against women, so why do they come back for more? I don’t claim to understand it.
A small part of the dominance of women in the pews must surely be to demographics. With the church membership so weighted with older people, and women living longer, their numbers will be bigger.
One lesson from this is that branches of the faith who limit opportunities in the church for women have not been successful in attracting more men.
[A link discussing this topic is in comments.]