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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Weld remained , was converted , and devoted his life to evangelical reform .
Women had a lot to gain from men ' s participation in evangelical culture . Legally
subject to and economically dependent on husbands and fathers , women were ...
They needed these qualities , she believed , to devote themselves fully to the
salvation of the children entrusted to their care . But at the same time , she
believed such " holy and strenuous work ” required “ manlike firmness and
In most churches they won lay rights , but they lost the separate empire devoted
to women ' s concerns over which they had presided for half a century . While
Protestant women organized to provide health care for women around the world
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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