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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Men have formal control of most Pentecostal services and denominations , but
women usually dominate religious services in which the direct outpourings of the
spirit have free reign . Women ' s testimonies are the longest and loudest .
Both Methodist objections to her public role and her own sense that her calling
required her to do more than assist her husband led her to found an explicitly
egalitarian pentecostal church in 1901 , first calling it the Methodist Pentecostal ...
The majority of these were in the Holiness and Pentecostal churches that sprang
up around the turn of the century . These churches accepted women ' s
leadership not out of concern for equality but because they paid more attention to
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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