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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The rest of the population would spend eternity burning in the flames of hell . All
New England residents were required by law to attend church . But to become a
voting church member , a Puritan had to give a convincing account of this ...
The rest of the continent was occupied by 10 to 20 million Native Americans ,
speaking 200 different languages and living in a variety of different ways . Some
areas were controlled by French and Spanish colonial forces . Native religions ...
The doctrine of polygamy , however , proved so unacceptable to the rest of the
country that the U . S . Congress disenfranchised polygamous men in 1882 and
all Utah women in 1887 . Although Mormons argued that plural marriage was ...
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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