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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Liberal splinter groups among Methodists and Presbyterians ordained women
toward the end of the 19th century . When the Methodists reunited in 1939 , they
reached a compromise in which they accepted women as local preachers but ...
Lutherans voted to ordain women in 1970 , Reform Jews in 1972 , and
Conservative Jews in 1985 . Overall , women constitute 10 to 12 percent of the
country ' s ordained clergy , and 25 to 30 percent of the ministerial students . Of
1875 Mary Baker Eddy publishes Science and Health , establishing the faith of
Christian Science 1970 Lutheran Church in America votes to ordain women 1972
Reform Jews vote to ordain women 1890 – 1923 Three million Jews arrive in the
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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