Admist the context of patriarchy and male leadership, there are a handful of women in leadership in the Bible who disrupt the traditional assumptions about church leadership and gender.
Many people who encounter Christianity (myself included in my younger days) find that there is a whole lot of patriarchy both in traditional church structures and in the Bible itself. The leaders were men; the people in charge were men; women were typically supposed to teach no one but other women or children. And do the dishes. We musn’t forget that we ought to do the dishes.
But there are examples in the Bible of women in leadership that challenge the idea that it is men who run the show…