I remember sitting in a small group and hearing Jimothy’s explanation voiced regarding people who didn’t live or believe quite like the person speaking (this had nothing to do with women). I believe the person’s exact words were, maybe they ought to just go on down the road.
We must also consider that if a sexist church culture has gone on unchallenged for decades, the people there may have either tired of wanting a better situation or just moved on (like Jimothy suggests here). In my experience those who speak out either wear down and move on, or speak in a way so as to only be heard by those who will want to hear them.
Am I able to live alongside those with whom I disagree?
Is my community one where differing philosophies about men and women in church can coexist?
Do we have a responsibility to confront what is wrong, or is it better to move on down the road?