Matriarchy is a worship model used by agricultural societies that are dependant on the bounty of the earth and the change of the seasons. These cultures are generally peaceful and focus their worship on Goddess figures that represent birth, new life, seasonal cycles, and nurturing.
Patriarchy is a worship model used by industrial societies and warring nations that rely on power, conquest and control for economic success. These cultures worship Gods who embody the male traits of the all powerful, omnipotent leader, provider, judge, and bringer of retribution.
All three of the contemorary patriarchal worship models used today share the common theme of positioning women in a subordinate role to men.