Women and American Religion

Hardcover | April 12, 2000

byAnn Braude

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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 andwork 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 admissionto 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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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 andwork tirelessly in the background of all chur...

Ann Braude is at Harvard Divinity School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 7.6 × 9.41 × 0.59 inPublished:April 12, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195106768

ISBN - 13:9780195106763

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"Captivating and straightforward....Evangelicals desperately need to understand this history and Braude is a tool that could serve them well, at least as an overview."--Reformation and Review