Good and Mad: Mainline Protestant Churchwomen, 1920-1980 -- A Virtual Discussion with Margaret Bendroth

Margaret Bendroth
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1-2 pm EST


This event will held live on Zoom with an interactive Q&A



Join us to celebrate the release of Good and Mad: Mainline Protestant Churchwomen, 1920-1980 in a virtual discussion with author, Margaret Bendroth.

In this important new work, Dr. Bendroth, former Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives, explores the paradoxes and conflicting loyalties of Protestant churchwomen after the suffrage amendment and before the advent of second wave feminism.

In this “between time,” socially progressive churchwomen, predominantly white but also African American, coastal urbanites as well as salt-of-the-earth southerners and midwesterners, campaigned for human rights and global peace, worked for interracial cooperation, and opened the path to women’s ordination—and chose to do so within churches that denied them equality.

Told with women at the center rather than the periphery, this account explains not just how feminism finally took root in American mainline churches but also why change was so long in coming.

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Margaret Lamberts Bendroth, former Executive Director of the Congregational Library & Archives, is a respected historian, author, and lecturer. In addition to being a past President of the American Society of Church Historians, she is the author of several books, including Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present (Yale, 1993) and Fundamentalists and the City: Conflict and Division in Boston’s Churches, 1885 to 1950 (Oxford, 2005). Peggy has co-edited several other volumes, including Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism (Illinois, 2002), with Virginia Brereton. Her more recent books include The Spiritual Practice of Remembering (Eerdmans, 2013) and The Last Puritans: Mainline Protestants and the Power of the Past (UNC, 2015).