The Cost of a Calling? Clergywomen and Work in the Church of England

Anne marie Greene*, Mandy Robbins

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article explores the work of clergywomen in the Church of England within an analysis of the Church as a gendered organization. We highlight the sex discrimination they often face, at the same time as satisfaction with their work and the need to follow their calling regardless of the difficulties. This is explained through an analysis of the significance of religious calling and the requirement for 'sacrifice' on their ability to endure their work and to challenge discriminatory treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-420
Number of pages16
JournalGender, Work and Organization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

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© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • Calling
  • Clergywomen
  • Gender practices
  • Sacrifice
  • Sex discrimination
  • Vocation

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