Of the 1,017 delegates elected to the 2012 General Conference, 63% are male and 37% are female, according
to the data supplied by the General Council on Finance and Administration1 (see Table 1). In comparison
to the delegates elected to the 2008 General Conference, 60% were male and 40% were female. Women’s
representation to General Conference is down by 3%.
There are 988 delegates who have voice and vote; 29 additional delegates—mainly from affiliated Methodist
bodies—have voice. These additional delegates may speak and influence legislative committees as well as
plenary sessions. This article and the statistics used herein include all 1,017 delegates because they all have the
ability to speak at General Conference. (The next issue of The Flyer will examine the 988 voting.)