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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God created Eve as a helpmate for Adam , and virtuous women like Margaret
Winthrop followed this example . But Eve left another legacy , establishing a
tendency toward evil in the generations of human women who followed her .
... followed with several ladies , making his exit impossible . When Finney began
to preach and young Theodore attempted escape , Aunt Clark whispered , “ You '
ll break my heart if you go ! ” Weld remained , was converted , and devoted his ...
... sacrifice themselves for their families . The churches followed Korean customs
that excluded women from all leadership roles , even in denominations (
Presbyterian or Methodist ) that followed 77 Mothers and Daughters Maintain the
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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