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Women Don't Ask by Sara Laschever, Linda Babcock

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Opportunity Doesn’t Always Knock

Heather, 34, was the pastor at a struggling urban church in the Boston area. Heather was also an officer of her denomination’s local association council—a group of pastors from around the region that ordains ministers, reviews clergy on disciplinary charges, and helps churches find pastors. At a meeting of the council, another pastor, a man, asked the council to extend the support it had been giving him for the past three years. Heather was unfamiliar with this man’s situation and sat up to listen. It turned out that this male pastor had worked for many years at a prosperous Back Bay parish, where he’d been paid a generous salary. Three years before the meeting Heather attended, he’d decided to move to a poor ...

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