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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Typical of Quaker architecture , the Friends Meeting House on Cherry Street in
Philadelphia is undecorated . Quakers believe each person can experience and
understand God without the aid of an ordained minister . doctrine taught that the ...
Women ' s meetings oversaw the discipline of women members and approved
marriages among Quakers . Marriage to a non - Quaker was considered grounds
for exclusion of the couple and of any family members who attended the wedding
Quaker activist Lucretia Mott joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton in calling the first
women ' s rights convention at Seneca Falls , New York , in 1848 . Quaker
women played leading roles in the movement to abolish slavery , as well as in
the women ...
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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