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The Religious History of American WomenReimagining the Past$
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Catherine A. Brekus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831021

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867990_brekus

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Faith, Feminism, and History

Faith, Feminism, and History

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The Religious History of American Women

Ann Braude

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines how assumptions of incompatibility between faith and feminism have distorted historical narratives about women and gender. It considers the place of feminism in American religion in general, and in churches and synagogues in particular. The author discusses her current research on religion and modern feminism through the lens of her essay “Women's History Is American Religious History,” in which she argues that declension, feminization, and secularization misdirect the focus of American religious history away from the presence of women and toward the absence of men. She also offers some suggestions on how other women's historians can contribute to the reformulation of larger narratives.

Keywords:   faith, feminism, religion, churches, synagogues, declension, feminization, secularization, religious history, women

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