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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In the 19th century , the largest immigrant groups were Irish Catholics and
Germans , who might be Catholic , Protestant , or Jewish . The turn of the century
saw large influxes of Catholics from Italy and Poland , Protestants from
After a temperance meeting in a local church , they marched in a group to one of
the town ' s 13 saloons . They entered the saloon , knelt on the floor , and began
to pray and sing hymns . When the owner asked them to leave , they refused to ...
About half of all American religious groups currently ordain women . This
includes most ... It seems likely that the number of women clergy will continue to
increase dramatically in those groups where it has been accepted . But the
country ' s ...
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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