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.
Results 1-3 of 17
... influence could and should affect other people ' s behavior increasingly gained
acceptance . The church was the only public space where women ' s presence
was accepted and appreciated , and it became the point of departure for women
When the Methodists reunited in 1939 , they reached a compromise in which they
accepted women as local preachers but denied them full recognition as voting
members of the denomination ' s governing bodies . Both Methodists and ...
enla V will vote to do so , suggesting that women priests have gained broad
acceptance during the last two decades . ... likely that the number of women
clergy will continue to increase dramatically in those groups where it has been
What people are saying - Write a review
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