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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children , Mather wrote , turned women ' s thoughts " toward the Gates of Death ,
by which We all receive life . ” Indeed , one in five colonial women died in
childbirth . Because women attended each other ' s childbirths , most had
witnessed a ...
Whether because they were blacks in a world that condoned slavery or because
they were women in a world that insisted they remain silent , the conversion
experience gave black Christian women a sense of having overcome the world
The vote for women was one of the first nontemperance issues to attract the
WCTU ' s attention . During the last quarter of the 19th century the WCTU became
the largest organization promoting woman suffrage , far larger than the groups ...
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WOMEN IN AMERICAN RELIGIONUser Review - Kirkus
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