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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Shopping as well as cooking was part of women ' s religious role . When Jewish
women shopped for food for their families , they needed to buy it from Jewish
merchants who understood Jewish law . Kosher meat needed to be purchased
However it was phrased , the idea that women needed the vote in order to
promote Christian values was a radical notion to the relatively conservative
churchwomen who made up the rank and file of the WCTU . Leaders faced an
They believed American Jewish women needed the inspiration and education
offered by the Zionist movement because there was little role for them in
American Judaism . Unlike Christian churches , American synagogues in the
early 20th ...
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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