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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Women have consistently outnumbered men in most American religious groups
since the 1660s , and women ' s wide - ranging religious activities — voluntary
societies , reform efforts , and spiritual leadership — have made the American ...
The male characters in the origin story create the animals that men hunt for and
that figure in their ceremonial activities . The story presents men ' s and women ' s
roles as complementary . Both men and women have a role in creation , and the
As active churchwomen , WCTU members had all heard religious arguments for
the restriction of women ' s activities Frances Willard served as president of the
Woman ' s Christian Temperance Union . She became one of the most influential
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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