Women and religion

Stott, Anne (2005). Women and religion. In: Barker, Hannah and Chalus, Elaine eds. Women's History: Britain, 1700-1850. Women's History. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 100–123.

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This chapter studies women and religion in the various denominations in Britain from 1700 to 1800 in the light of the current historiography and on the assumption that the history of women in this period cannot be understood from a purely secular perspective. The chapter argues that while in some areas there was a closing down of opportunities for women in this period, in others the expansion of philanthropy, missions and religious orders opened up new spheres of action. It is therefore a narrative of loss and gain.

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