I've read two different women in the past few days: Leanne Payne in her excerpt from her new autobiography and Kathy Escobar's fine post on, "who does she think she is?"
Leanne Payne writes, "Generally speaking, a woman, when happy to be herself, and not overly influenced by today's feminism and political correctness, does not seek a cutting-edge public ministry. Rather, her gender drive with its strong desires lead her to seek a loving husband, children, and a home. Until fairly recent times, especially as a Christian, she valued the comparative "hiddenness" and needful protection that goes with such desires, knowing home and hearth to be her special sphere of greatest joy, influence, and effectiveness. This view of woman may seem to contradict all we see and hear around us today, but in gender healings we see these deeply rooted yearnings unearthed."
Although I sincerely respect Payne, women who wrestle with what Kathy writes, come up against this essentialist view of women leaders.