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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Before the 1960s sisters lived in communities composed exclusively of women
and ran institutions staffed exclusively by women . In these separate settings
women enjoyed great authority and autonomy - probably more than the vast
Cardinal William O ' Connell addresses nuns at a 1932 anniversary celebration
for the Sisters of Charity of St . Vincent de Paul . Catholic women ' s orders create
communities of women but live under the authority of the all - male church ...
... 32 , 33 Shange , Ntozake , 127 Sisters of Charity ( Baltimore ) , 88 Sisters of
Charity of St . Vincent de Paul , 86 Sisters of Mercy , 87 Sisters . See Nuns Smith ,
Joseph , 32 – 33 , 34 Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts ...
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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