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.
Results 1-3 of 43
influence of a loving mother . One character described his mother as “ a direct
embodiment and personification of the New Testament . ” He explained that she
was “ all that stood between me and unbelief . ” Women , according to Stowe and
From UNCLE TDMS CABI1 the home , many believed , a woman should TIE
SLAVE MOTHER . minister to her family , inculcating virtue in her children
through her loving performance of domestic tasks . But if she ventured beyond
her sphere ...
While showing faithfulness to the mother of Jesus , her devotees also affirmed
their Mexican origins and traditions . As millions of Mexicans joined the ranks of
U . S . Catholicism , Our Lady of Guadalupe grew in importance in the United
What people are saying - Write a review
WOMEN IN AMERICAN RELIGIONUser Review - Kirkus
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