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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Rachel Peele ' s husband painted this portrait of his wife weeping over the body
of their infant daughter , who died of smallpox in 1772 . Few women in early
America could expect to see all their children live to maturity . Margaret and John
Her autobiography describes early attempts to commit suicide because of her
acute sense of inadequacy and sinfulness . But through the intervention of the
Holy Spirit , her despair turned to ecstasy . “ So great was the joy , ” she wrote , “
that it ...
The unusual spiritual freedom of women within the Society of Friends made them
early advocates of women ' s rights . Pioneer advocates of women ' s rights ,
including Susan B . Anthony , Lucretia Mott , and Sarah and Angelina Grimké ...
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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