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 single year of 1858 , for example , the School Sisters of Notre Dame
founded an orphanage in New Orleans housing 120 poor children , a second
orphanage in Baltimore housing 75 , and two schools in Wisconsin , one in
Catholics needed their own schools , hospitals , orphanages , and asylums if they
were to survive as a distinct faith in the ... The Third Plenary Council of American
Bishops passed a resolution making the establishment of a Catholic school the ...
In many places Americans founded the first secondary schools , colleges , and
graduate schools for women . Still , women experienced conflicts as they took
advantage of the new opportunities . For a Korean woman who sought an
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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