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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BL458 . B67 1999 200 ' . 82 ' 0973 — dc21 99 - 32968 CIP ISBN 0 - 19 - 510676 -
8 ( library edition ) 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Printed in the United States of America on
acid - free paper On the cover : Church Supper ( detail ) by Paul Sample , 1933 .
The Sisters of Mercy are among the largest providers of health care in the United
States . In addition to their major work of teaching and nursing , nuns ran
childcare facilities , orphanages , mental institutions , settlement houses ,
residences for ...
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 included Bible reading from a distinctly Protestant perspective .
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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