Organized religion in Canada is falling from grace and some are laying responsibility at the door of feminism. This should really come as no surprise. The various brands of Yawehism are deeply misogynistic. All three view women as "less than" with Christianity and Judaism blaming women for the alleged fall of humanity.
Is it really any wonder that women started leaving when feminism became more socially aware?
I’m personally of the mind that it is difficult if not impossible to be involved with these three religions specifically as a woman and be a feminist. Even the brands that tend to not run around screaming the religious equivalent of "girl cooties" still tend to see women as supporting cast and not leaders.
From the article:
Women — the traditional mainstays of institutional religion — in huge numbers abruptly rejected the church’s patriarchal exemplar of them as chaste, submissive "angels in the house" with all of the social and moral responsibility for community and family but none of the authority.
Unable to find acceptable religious role models or religious ideals that were not painful or oppressive, they reconstructed their identities as secular and sexual beings.
As they progressed into university graduate and professional schools and entered the work force, their horizons broadened and they discovered ways of serving that were more valuable than doing dishes and running church picnics.
Birth control gave them the deliberate choice to be sexual, to move out of enslavement to fertility, to delay and limit the size of families. Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae (On The Regulation of Birth), shocked even loyal Canadian Catholics by upholding the church’s ban on contraception.
Of course, as the women leave so do the children and quite possibly the man of the house as women are well-known to be the backbone of religiosity in the typical heterosexual relationship.