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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The Women ' s Missionary Society of Oneida County , for example , funded the
first tour of New York State by the master revivalist Charles Grandison Finney .
But women ' s groups provided more than financial support . For 20 years before
Italians brought Our Lady of Mount Carmel to East Harlem in New York City .
There a Virgin with distinctly Italian features listened to the woes of Italian
immigrant mothers . Polish and Hungarian immigrants brought their Virgins as
... County ( New York ) , 46 Women ' s Ordination Conference , 120 Women ' s
rights convention ( Seneca Falls , 1848 ) , 53 Women ' s rights movement , 96
Women ' s spirituality movement , 125 – 128 Women ' s Work for Women (
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WOMEN IN AMERICAN RELIGIONUser Review - Kirkus
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