Department of Political Science


BOOK LAUNCH: The Struggle to Stay (Dr Katie Gaddini)

15 March 2022, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

book launch

The Struggle to Stay is an intimate and insightful portrait of single women’s experiences in evangelical churches. Drawing on unprecedented access to churches in the United States and the United Kingdom, Katie Gaddini relates the struggles of four women, interwoven with her own story of leaving behind a devout faith. She connects these personal narratives with rigorous analysis of Christianity and politics in both countries and contextualizes them through interviews with more than fifty other evangelical women. Gaddini grapples with the complexities of obedience and resistance for women within a patriarchal religion against the backdrop of a culture war. Her exploration of how women choose to leave or remain in environments that constrain them is nuanced and personal, telling powerful stories of faith, community, isolation, and loss. Bringing together meticulous research and deep empathy, The Struggle to Stay provides a revelatory account of the private burdens that evangelical women bear.

This event is free.

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Abi Turner

Dr Katie Gaddini is a sociologist at the Social Research Institute, University College London. She is also an affiliated researcher in the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Sociology. 

Katie and cusp


  • Prof Ayala Fader
  • Chine McDonald
  • Kate Nunnelly Wallace
  • Prof Linda Woodhead

Hosted by Dr Sonya Sharma & the Social Research Institute (UCL)


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