I was telling a customer how John the Baptist converted the Maltese people to Christianity. He handled a poisonous snake, but did not die. The Maltese were amazed, and decided it was a miracle. Everyone converted.
She observed that something similar happened in Ireland, with Saint Patrick and the snakes.
It was immediately obvious to us that women didn't influence religion. Can you imagine Mama (or Mrs.) Baptist? "John, put that nasty thing down, it's dirty." Or "Patrick go wash your hands, it's time for supper."