While the percentage of women pastors is still small it is rising rapidly.
It is a welcome change to see some branches of Christianity latch onto modern thinking. That women were excluded in founding documents of some branches of Protestantism and all of Catholicism surely must be one of the reasons Christianity numbers are falling.
Some believers say Jesus’ band of brothers had no women and that is a good reason to exclude them from clergy positions. The truth is no one really knows if Jesus had a band of brothers.
We do know those who wrote about Jesus long after the time he was supposed to have lived did not want women to play a big role in society. The Ten Commandment includes a man’s wives (plural) among his property along with his goats and slaves. It would not be logical, they must have concluded, to have women be preachers if goats and slaves are not either.
There must be some fear if women have powerful positions they will put their perspectives into church documents. They might, for example, have a different theological take on reproduction.
Then there is always the gender of gods to wonder about. I’ve never heard of Jesus being other than male. But the gender of God and the Holy Spirit is up for debate in many circles.
For whatever reason, more women are church members today than men. Whether this will change the role of women as clergy we will find out eventually.