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 the 20th century , American women organized the largest Jewish organization
in the world , Hadassah , officially called the Women ' s Zionist Organization of
America . Such national organizations of religious women played an important ...
organization , and education made church leaders question the legitimacy of
women ' s exclusion from lay rights ... They argued that women ' s organizations
should be combined with the general missionary societies presided over by men
The Zionist organization , ” according to Szold , “ since it believes in the equality
of men and women , must educate Jewish women not only to Judaism but to a
realization of their civic and national responsibilities . ” Hadassah survived as a ...
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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