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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Willard advocated woman suffrage because she believed that only with the vote
could women bring about the prohibition of alcoholic beverages . She coined the
motto “ The Ballot for Home Protection ” to indicate that voting did not conflict ...
Willard and other WCTU leaders , however , saw women ' s public activism as an
extension of the familiar roles as protectors of purity and piety . Voting , they
believed , would advance these goals , not conflict with them . Women , with their
Willard , Frances Elizabeth . Writing Out My Heart : Selections from the Journal of
Frances E . Willard , 1855 – 96 . Edited by Carolyn De Swarte Gifford . Urbana :
University of Illinois Press , 1995 . Williams , Selma R . Divine Rebel : The Life of
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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