A Women's Issue

The 50—make that 51—reasons I love this magazine.

Answer: "Christianity Today seems like a men's magazine."

The question? "What are your impressions of CT?"—one of several asked by Mark Galli and Ted Olsen during my interview for the copy editor position here several years ago. Given the slightest air of fresh-faced disdain in my answer, I'm still a bit surprised they offered me the job.

Five years later—especially with the appearance of the issue in your hands—I can happily report that CT has come a long way, baby.

The shift in part is cultural. The week this issue went to press, a copy of a new book from journalist Hanna Rosin came across my desk, its timing apt. An extension of her 2010 Atlantic cover story, The End of Men examines the reasons why, for the first time in history, women in the West are outpacing men in education and nearly every profession. These major shifts can't help dramatically affecting local churches, where the majority of regular attendees continue to be women (see Spotlight).

We at CT have long believed that such gains can mean much kingdom fruit, as we have covered in the magazine time and again. As more Christian women lead nonprofits, write Bible studies, create new laws, make music, teach, publish novels, and helm colleges, the body of Christ will be enriched, strengthened, and more clearly reflect the fullness of God's purposes for humanity. Our cover package on the "50 Women You Should Know" highlights women profoundly shaping the church and the faith. Some names are household and have appeared in CT before; others, we hadn't heard of before our (admittedly unscientific) survey. Don't miss the list as well as the introductory essay from another Christian woman ...

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