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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children , Mather wrote , turned women ' s thoughts " toward the Gates of Death ,
by which We all receive life . ... She prepared fresh CH A P T E R I . linens for
herself and her child and arranged for a midwife and other female attendants .
Farewel Dear Child " Throughout American history the deaths of children have
challenged Christian women to reconcile God ' s goodness with his greatness .
Why would an all - powerful God choose to rip a child from a loving family ?
From UNCLE TDMS CABI1 the home , many believed , a woman should TIE
SLAVE MOTHER . minister to her family , inculcating virtue in her children
through her loving performance of domestic tasks . But if she ventured beyond
her sphere ...
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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