Women and American religion

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Oxford University Press, Jan 13, 2000 - Social Science - 141 pages
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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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Jon Butler Harry S Stout
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CHAPTER 2
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Women's Almanac
Doris Weatherford
Limited preview - 2002

About the author (2000)

Ann Braude is Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program and Senior Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School. She is also the author of Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America , and Women and American Religion , and co-editor of Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women (2nd edition).

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