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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Because the Inner Light was thought to dwell in each and every person , any man
or woman might speak in a meeting . Quakers believed that biblical prohibitions
on women speaking were abolished once a person experienced conversion ...
Women were considered to be naturally passive and prone to suggestion ,
presenting few obstacles for the spirits who wished to speak through them . Men ,
in contrast , were thought to be more rational and more organized , qualities that
A product of the culture they lived in , many mediums believed it was
inappropriate for women to speak in public . But the ... Seeing the importance of
women ' s public speaking to their cause , they also championed women ' s rights
in general .
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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