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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Typical of Quaker architecture , the Friends Meeting House on Cherry Street in
Philadelphia is undecorated . Quakers ... Quaker religious worship consisted of
silent meetings , in which no one spoke until they felt the promptings of the Spirit .
But some Friends were recognized as lay ministers who might travel to other
meetings to share the Spirit ' s promptings . This group included women as well
as men . Women also played a role in church government . Women ' s meetings ...
Discouraged from speaking in front of men , women gathered in prayer meetings
where they could freely discuss God ' s working in their lives . Later , these prayer
meetings started to take on special functions . “ Mothers ' meetings ” convened ...
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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