According to Tony Walter and Grace Davie's, The Religiosity of Women in the Modern West, "In western societies, women are more religious than men on every measure of religiosity." Getting more specific they say, "The dimension of religious life where the difference between women and men is biggest is private devotion—prayer and Bible reading." Recognizing that all true public displays of religion flow from the private sphere, this observed womanly trait is significant and powerful. The private sphere is where women tap into God. It should therefore be of no surprise that the Devil seeks to disrupt this explosive area of devotion. If St. Paul's aim was to secure undistracted devotion to God, the Devil's aim is to distract. At the moment his distraction tactic seems to be working. Women's religiosity is in decline.
An often overlooked aspect of the Reformation was its elimination of distraction for women. Distraction for women in the days of Luther came in the form of a convent. At the time, the teaching of the Church highly promoted the celibate life. Men were prodded into the monasteries, women into the convents. Parents added to the push. This was seen as the way to get closer to God. Women were distracted from childbearing in the home. Today, distraction for women comes in the form of a job.
Starting in the early 1900s, but significantly increasing around the early 1970s, married women began entering the workforce, abandoning the home. Women in relation to God took a turn for the worse. Studies have demonstrated how married women entering the workforce showed a corresponding decline in religiosity. Leaving the home domain had an observable influence on women. According to Walter and Davie, “Women who stay at home are protected from the secularizing influence of the modern marketplace.” Additionally, they point out how childbirth raises the intensity of a mother’s religiosity even more. St. Paul tells us, "women shall be preserved through the bearing of children".
The exceeding tendency of women toward religion in comparison to men has been observed throughout the ages. It is therefore not coincidental that many of Christ's most devoted followers were women, or that women significantly outnumber men in the pews today. It is an intrinsic force placed in women by the God of Nature. Many scholars, however, have a hard time attributing this tendency to the nature of women, choosing instead to attribute it entirely to environmental forces. Nevertheless, Scripture clearly states, "Male and female created he them".
The key to another Awakening is the emphatic promotion of procreating marriage, marriage with an undistracted holy woman at home. This is proven Gospel-grade soil that brings out the best in women. Make no mistake, a devoted and undistracted momma in the home, means a devoted daddy and kids. The Devil trembles when a holy woman is in the home. He knows the whole social order will be affected in significant ways for God. Hell knows no fury like a momma set on fire with God.