Women are most likely to leave an organization after experiencing a psychological contract barrier, which is a belief “employees have about the entitlements they will receive and that they perceive were promised to them by their employers…. Violations of psychological contracts occur when the perceived implicit and explicit promises of employers are not fulfilled or are broken” (Hamel, 2009, p. 235). When these violations happen, instead of putting up a fight, standing up for one’s self, or speaking out, women quietly leave. In her research, Hamel found that some 90% of those interviewed left quietly.
Is this what is happening in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Elder Marlin K. Jensen, former Church historian, “would not provide any figures on the rate of defections, but he told Reuters that attrition has accelerated in the last five or ten years, reflecting greater secularization of society” (Henderson & Cooke, 2012, para. 6). While numbers aren’t available, I’ve heard talk of more women than men leaving the church. I know in my own family and circle of friends, there are many women who have left, primarily because of cultural misogyny and bigotry. Many of these women have strong beliefs about equality (for women and the LGBT community). They part with the Church because of their disgust over the treatment of these groups, both officially and in cultural settings.Read More