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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As Native and European cultures clashed, the proper roles of men and women
were a serious point of contention. When British settlers saw women take
responsibility for agricultural labor, they concluded that native men did not work
As each group joined the common culture of the United States, many saw the
home as a place where they could maintain their own identities and hand them
down to their children. The mother who ran the home often became the bearer of
Nuns oversaw an empire of interlocking institutions that constituted Catholic
social services in most U.S. cities and towns, providing the foundation of their
church's distinctive culture. The mass migration of Catholics into the United
States in the ...
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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