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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Because churches excluded members who had sexual contact outside of
marriage , they had to determine when a slave couple was considered to be
married . In general , churches regarded as married those couples who “ come
together in ...
Women were considered to be naturally passive and prone to suggestion ,
presenting few obstacles for the spirits who wished to speak through them . Men ,
in contrast , were thought to be more rational and more organized , qualities that
But the idea that a good woman never departed from the “ woman ' s sphere ”
became a Christian ideal , as well as a social one . This meant that any woman
who ventured into the public realm was considered immoral . From UNCLE
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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