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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She called on those who would live a godly life to abandon their former ways and
join Shaker communities , where members held property in common , worked for
the common good , and lived under the spiritual guidance of Shaker elders and ...
The abolitionist Theodore Dwight Weld recalled the tactics one woman used to
cajole male relatives into attending revivals . He told the story of how his Aunt
Clark asked him to join her for a morning service on the pretense that Charles
This conflicted with the spiritual promptings some Friends felt to join with non -
Quakers in reform activities , especially those aimed at the abolition of slavery .
Among these disaffected Quakers , many turned to the new religious movement
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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