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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None of these neighbors raised their complaints publicly , however , until
Katherine Harrison became a wealthy widow . In 1668 , Harrison complained to
the magistrates that her neighbors were vandalizing her property . Her oxen had
In 1870 Utah Territory became the second U . S . jurisdiction to give women the
right to vote ( Wyoming preceded it by one year ) . The doctrine of polygamy ,
however , proved so unacceptable to the rest of the country that the U . S .
Several early supporters of Spiritualism also participated in the first women ' s
rights convention held at Seneca Falls , New York , in 1848 . Spiritualist
conventions became hotbeds of women ' s rights sentiment , often exceeding
formal women ...
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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