As discussed at BCC last month, "Seeking for Mormon Feminism." If, as some commentators allege, women are so disfavored in LDS doctrine and practice, why is there an LDS gender gap favoring women? And that gender gap is well established, as noted in a Mormon Mentality post summarizing the recent Pew Report.
Mormonism has among the most striking gender disparity of any faith tradition in America. 56% of Mormons are women, higher than any tradition other than Jehovah’s Witnesses and historically black Protestant churches.
Here's how Kaimi at BCC summarized the problem for feminists.
Women seem to consistently be the most active church members. This is perhaps the trickiest conceptual problem for the Mormon feminist: Explaining the appeal of this anti-feminist church to so many actual women. If the church is such a bad place for women — and conversely, such an unfairly good place for men — then why are women so much more likely to attend church?
The problem isn't with the data (which are what they are), it's with a misconceptualization of the research question. The real question is this: What is it about the LDS Church that is attracting women and chasing off men? Yes, that is the question that the data raises. A first step toward wrapping one's mind around this different statement of the gender problem might be to read the Armand Mauss essay "Feelings, Faith, and Folkways: A Personal Essay on Mormon Popular Culture," pages 23-38 in Proving Contraries (Signature, 2005). I posted some comments on the essay here.