The history of women’s rights: A proud part of every Christian’s heritage

   March is Women's History Month. Women's rights, though often slandered within mainstream Christianity are a vital part of women's history, and during this month, I will post articles that highlight historical contributions women have made that improved the lot of humanity--benefits women, children, and men, enjoy up to the present time. Many of these examples will be taken from the book, Woman this is WAR! Gender Slavery and the Evangelical Caste System

Excerpt from, Woman this is WAR:

   The history of women’s rights is a part of every Christian’s heritage and should be a proud part. Christian men as well as women, raised their voices on behalf of “Woman’s Rights.” One of the most notable was runaway slave-turned advocate and gifted orator, Fredrick Douglas.[1]

   The Society of Friends, more commonly known as the Quakers, was the first Christian denomination to acknowledge, not only the equality of all people, but specifically the equality of men and women. Is it surprising then, that it was a Quaker who is credited by some as being the first feminist in the seventeenth century? And later on, in the eighteenth century, the first person to speak out against slavery in the United States was a woman and a Quaker. Still further on, in the nineteenth century, four of the five women who organized the first women’s rights conference in America were Quakers as well (the "Seneca Fall's Woman's Rights Convention" was a Christian event held in a Christian church).  

[1] Observing woman's agency, devotion and efficiency in pleading the cause of the slave, gratitude for this high service early moved me to give favorable attention to the subject of what is called "woman's rights" and caused me to be denominated a woman's rights man. I am glad to say I have never been ashamed to be thus designated.” Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, 1881

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