Chapter 25. Women

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Susanna Morrill Assistant Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch25

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Morrill, S. (2010) Women, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch25

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Lewis&Clark College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • women, study of women in American religious history - recent and rapidly blossoming fields;
  • women as actors in lively landscape of US religious history - women being the majority of church members;
  • Dorothy C. Bass and Sandra Hughes Boyd, Women in American Religious History - An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Sources;
  • religious history of Native American Women - the challenges being great;
  • Euro-American Protestantism and Protestant - What kinds of religious authority did women have;
  • immigrant religions, Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam;
  • nineteenth-century assumptions about women - idea that women, motherhood, and families are conservative, static elements of society;
  • African-American religious history - why women participated in great numbers in religious institutions;
  • Jarena Lee's religious life, free woman of color - licensed women preachers in African Methodist Episcopal Church;
  • women in American religions - patterns emerging across traditions and eras


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Religious History of Native American Women

  • Euro-American Protestantism and Protestant-derived Religions

  • Immigrant Religions (Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam)

  • African-American Religious History

  • Challenges of the Future

  • Bibliography