Women and American Religion
An old African-American churchgoers' saying rings true for most religious denominations in the United States: Women are the backbone of the church. For centuries, women have been the majority of members in almost all religious groups. They provide essential financial and social support and work tirelessly in the background of all church-based activities. Yet it is largely men who occupy the high rungs of church hierarchy, and they are the ones who get most of the credit. Ann Braude examines the important role of women in American religious history, focusing on their recent admission to public religious leadership and their fight for equal rights and recognition through the centuries. Both noted and little known women--such as Margaret Winthrop, Jarena Lee, Mary Baker Eddy, Henrietta Szold, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Mary Daly--spring to life in the pages of this thorough, passionate book.
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... GENERAL EDITORS or over three centuries , the leadership and participation
of women has made American religious life ... of Catholic and Jewish aid
societies before 1900 , and the emergence of feminist theology in the late 20th
The emergence of a wide range of government - sponsored welfare programs in
the 20th century perhaps owes more to the social vision of Protestant women as
expressed in the WCTU than to the secular women ' s rights movement that ...
Unlike Christian churches , American synagogues in the early 20th century
discouraged women ' s participation in lay activities . Henrietta Szold , herself
deeply religious , bemoaned the lack of religious education available to
American girls .
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A brisk, informative history of the myriad roles women have played in America's religious history. Braude (Harvard Divinity School) has difficult tasks in this slim, generously illustrated volume: to ... Read full review