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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Inspired by the holy spirit , a woman churchgoer moves to center stage while her
minister stands in the background , mirroring her actions . AfricanAmerican artist
Archibald J . Motley , Jr . painted the scene in 1929 . 37 Wom Empowered by the
Jarena Lee became the first nationally known AfricanAmerican woman preacher .
Her sermons inspired men and women , whites as well as blacks . But some will
say , that Mary did not expound the Scripture ; therefore she did not preach , in ...
The combined membership of women ' s missionary societies reached
approximately 3 million at its height in the 1920s , outpacing women ' s
involvement in any other cause or organization . Stories of the mission field have
long inspired 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