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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Nuns oversaw an empire of interlocking institutions that constituted Catholic
social services in most U . S . cities and towns , providing the foundation of their
church ' s distinctive culture . The mass migration of Catholics into the United
States in ...
sisters to help them maintain a Catholic identity in a Protestant country . The only
charities serving the needy in the United States were Protestant , and they treated
Catholicism as a moral failing that had caused such poverty . Public education ...
The majority of American Catholics , however , support the ordination of women .
... Because of the shortage of priests , Catholic canon law has been amended to
permit a layperson to provide “ pastoral care ” to a parish but not to administer ...
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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