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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The culture of Evangelicalism , and the direct experience of God ' s power in the
conversion experience , propelled many American women into unprecedented
roles of public leadership . For African Americans , conversion countered the ...
Several of the new measures involved women . Revivalists held meetings
condemned by critics as “ promiscuous assemblies ” in which men and women
sat together , an innovation in Protestant worship . Women were encouraged to
Bishops and parish priests valued the presence of women ' s orders because
they needed the services that sisters offered . At the same time , they sought to
control sisters ' activities and ensure that the orders submitted to clerical authority
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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