Sunday, March 02, 2014

Telling HerStory 2014 Meets Church Record Sunday: Quaker Women

The Book: 
Daughters of Light: Quaker Women Preaching and Prophesying in the Colonies and Abroad 1700-1775 by Rebecca Larson. 

What's it about: 
"More than a thousand Quaker female ministers were active in the Anglo-American world before the Revolutionary War, when the Society of Friends constituted the colonies' third-largest religious group. Some of these women circulated throughout British North American; others crossed the Atlantic to deliver their inspired messages."

Why you should read it:

I love resources that shine light on the misconceptions we have of women's lives. Not all women sat and took care of the house. Women did participate in various aspects of community life and this book is a good example. Obviously, wonderful if you have Quaker ancestors but also great if you want a look at women's lives during the colonial period. I love how the book jacket states that the author utilizes "the Quaker's rich archival sources..." Makes me want to check those sources out for my research. Be sure to take a look at Appendix 2 which lists the names of Quaker women ministers. If you want to see this book check it out on Google Books.

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