Despite more women being at the table, women do face a lot of barriers and prejudices trying to gain access to lead roles in religion. There have been streams of cases where women in religious positions are exploited sexually, and religious leaders cover these up. For example, Patterson, a Southern Baptist Leader was fired when it was discovered that he had not reported two allegations of rape. This was controversial, as even though women signed petitions to bring Patterson's actions into the light, there were also women who supported him.
Women are assigned more religious leadership roles, but at the same time, these women are taught conservative patriarchal principles, that man rules over women. Some women even argue that women should not be pastors as they are too emotional, and need to choose what to wear to Church. There are also concerns about the opportunities given to women. Women are given positions to be children's pastors or given secretarial jobs.