Why have women been the majority of religious congregations? What sorts of gender structures are central to religious groups in America? How has women’s relationship to religious institutions changed over time? This course will help foster students’ ability to think, read, and write about American religious history and women’s history from an informed and critical perspective. This course will span the time period from the colonial era to the twentieth century. However, instead of seeking to be complete in its coverage (since this would be impossible), this course will focus on key periods in the formation of American women’s relationship to religious ideas and institutions. Topics include: Native American women and Colonialism, Puritan Women, Quakerism, Witchcraft Accusations, Evangelicalism, American Catholic Life, Black Churches in America, Social Movements, Spiritualism, the L.D.S. Church, Jewish Women in America, Fundamentalism, Muslim Women, Modern Witchcraft, Goddess Movements, and Buddhism.
This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.
Anna M. LawrenceAuthor
Florida Atlantic UniversityInstitution
Private College or University Institution Type
Syllabus Resource Type
Undergraduate Course Class Type
2012 Date Published
Religious Studies, American Studies, History, Women's Studies Discipline
Buddhism, Catholic, General Comparative Traditions, Judaism, New Religious Movements Religous Tradition
Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity Topics