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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But unlike the men , they opposed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 , which
prohibited the entrance of Chinese laborers . They believed that putting
Protestant morality to work by rescuing these women was a more effective
solution than legal ...
Because discriminatory laws passed at the turn of the century excluded blacks
from most public accommodations , the women of the National Baptist
Convention U . S . A . , Inc . — the country ' s largest organization of African
organization , and education made church leaders question the legitimacy of
women ' s exclusion from lay rights within the churches . In the 1920s and 1930s
the very success of the women ' s missionary societies led to their undoing .
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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