The L. C. W. R. is a group of women religious orders. The C. M. S. W. R. is another group. The L. C. W. R. is known for being more progressively minded, and the C. M. S. W. R. is known for a more traditional observance of religious life. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, roughly the same number of women are joining both groups as religious sisters (though a little more for the C. M. S. W. R.). So maybe liberal and conservative orders have roughly the same future in the American Church.
Take the age of women becoming sisters in both conferences. The women that join orders in the C. M. S. W. R. tend to be in their 20s. The women that join orders in the L. C. W. R. tend to be in their 40s or 50s. That spells more longevity for members of the C. M. S. W. R.
Also, the L. C. W. R. is three times the size of the C. M. S. W. R. And it represents more of the older and established American orders. So when the L. C. W. R. is getting less than half of the vocations, that's bad news. Almost all of its orders are unable to replace themselves. And they are dying out quickly (the average age of women in perpetual vows is 74).
So should the communities in the L. C. W. R. change in order to get more members? Maybe the market is already dried up for more traditionally minded vocations. Perhaps the C. M. S. W. R. has already taken those women. And besides, such women only amount to half the possible vocations. So maybe orders in the L. C. W. R. should stay the course, and take the older, more liberally minded candidates that come to them, rather than becoming more traditional and thereby maneuvering themselves out of all new vocations.
From theology we know this: the good is diffusive of itself. The upshot: Love Christ, love his Church, and others will follow your lead. The L. C. W. R. (encompassing three fourths of our female religious communities) does not need to rest content with less than half of our vocations. It is time to increase the demand for religious life.