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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Women who broke accepted rules about their roles often did so because they
believed God wanted them to . “ What is impossible for ... Because of men ' s God
- given role , their votes represented the interests of their wives and daughters .
Most women in New England agreed with the magistrates in condemning
witchcraft and won respect for their roles in well ... family structures of their own
societies in the same way Puritans related a woman ' s religious role to her role
as wife ...
Their story of creation shows the divine origins of women ' s agricultural role .
Care for corn , beans , and squash is a woman ' s responsibility — both to her
family and to her faith . The male characters in the origin story create the animals
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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