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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In addition to their major work of teaching and nursing , nuns ran childcare
facilities , orphanages , mental institutions , settlement houses , residences for
working women and for unwed mothers , and homes for delinquent girls . Nuns
In 1884 Catholic bishops recognized the need for the type of separate institutions
operated by nuns . The Third Plenary Council of American Bishops passed a
resolution making the establishment of a Catholic school the highest priority of ...
But the actual work that nuns undertook in the United States belied the notion that
they would do whatever they were told . To fulfill the pressing needs of the
American Catholic community , most orders abandoned or modified the rule of ...
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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