According to Barna Group’s 2011 annual State of the Church Report, Bible reading for women has declined by 10 percentage points during the last two decades; in 1991 half all American women indicated that they read their Bible during a typical week, today only 40% indicate that they read their Bible weekly. However, men are no less likely to read from the Bible these days than they were 20 years ago (41% in 2001, 40% in 1991).
This prompts the question of why the percentage has declined among women but not among men. I would not hazard a guess as to what factor or factors have led to this phenomena but I feel compelled to at least consider some possibilities. When historians see changes in one community but not in another they typically look at what might be influencing the affected community but not the unaffected community. For instance, when considering the Fall of Rome, a responsible historian will ask what factors were affecting the Western Roman Empire, but not the Eastern Roman Empire [Byzantine Empire] because the Eastern Roman Empire was thriving during the same time frame.
Can you think of change that has occurred during the last two decades that has affected women more than men and might be instrumental in women reading their Bible less than they did two decades ago?