Mothers of Feminism: The Story of Quaker Women in America

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From advance review: "[This book] will stand as the definitive work and comprehensive history of Quaker women in this country for years to come. Margaret Hope Bacon integrates the lively stories of Quaker women in the past and present with a study of feminism in the Society of Friends itself....She gives us a thoroughly documented history of Quaker women and their faith and action..."

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The considerable contribution of Quaker women to American society is explored here by a Haverford College professor. From their early history in the American colonies, shaped by their religious commitment to pacifism and mentored by prominent male Quakers, e.g., George Fox, William Penn, John Woolman, these women, shows Bacon, spread the gospel as they pioneered rights movements. In the vanguard of the antislavery thrust in the last century, their nonresistance stance, exemplified in the strategies of Lucretia Mott, Susan Anthony and others, bore fruit in women's suffrage. Contemporary Quaker women, nurtured in the tradition of sexual equality and egalitarian marriage, are at odds with radical feminism, Bacon maintains, but resilient in coping with change. This well-written study is complemented by photographs.
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Bacon considers the history of the Society of Friends in America a microcosm of the long struggle for gender equality in society at large. She studies the 340-year history of the Quaker experiment to find practical applications of William Penn's doctrine that "in souls there is no sex." Carefully researched and well documented, her book traces feminism within the Society of Friends from its roots in Britain. However, this is primarily a broad survey of the American movement; it examines early events and moves on rapidly through U.S. history up to Quaker feminist involvement in the 1980s. Though this is an excellent introduction to its topic, one could wish that greater depth had been possible. Recommended for college and large public libraries. Sheila R. Herstein, City Coll. of CUNY Lib.
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