The (Christian) Feminists We Forgot
In honor of Women's History Month, pop over to the Her.Meneutics site to read an insightful essay by guest writer Sandra Glahn on "The Feminists We Forgot."
Some evangelicals teach that women were content with their lot in life until Betty Friedan came along and started the feminist movement. Then, women became angry, defensive, and demanded more rights. Indeed, the way the story often gets told, Betty Friedan started the women's movement both outside the church and within it.
The only thing wrong with this version of history is that it's inaccurate.
… we have generally connected the more visible involvement of women in the church with a perceived capitulation to a culture influenced by Friedan's thinking. That is, we've said women's increased involvement in leadership goes back only as far as the inauguration of second-wave feminism. Yet long before the publication of Friedan's classic, The Feminine Mystique, men and women of faith argued for and enjoyed women's greater involvement in society and the church.
For a few stand out historical examples, read the full piece.
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