..."Young women, research suggests, tend to express egalitarian values, and dislike the traditionalism and hierarchies that they imagine are integral to the Church. As an A-level student interviewed by a Ph.D. researcher, Jeannine Heynes, remarked: “Nowadays women have the same opportunities as men, but it’s only really in religion where they’re still being stopped from doing things.”
Partly as a result of its perceived focus on female empowerment, young women are attracted by New Age phenomena such as Wicca. The loss of younger women from Church is less about women deciding to leave, and more about their never having attended in the first place..."
THERE ARE further reasons for the decline in women’s church commitment — notably fertility levels, feminist values, paid employment, family diversity, and sexuality..."