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'Ministering confusion': Rebellious Quaker women

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posted on 17.06.2020 by Catherine Gill
This paper assesses the position of women within the Quaker community, concentrating on their ministerial roles. Female prophets and preachers were visible during the first decade of Quakerism, and the early years prove fruitful for exploration of women's experiences. In order to consider the difficulties women faced when taking a public role in support of Quakerism, some context on seventeenth-century attitudes to women will be provided. It will be argued that women had to challenge patriarchal notions that the 'weaker' sex should be silent, passive and obedient. In contrast to prevailing seventeenthcentury norms, the potential radicalism of the Quaker approach to gender can be demonstrated. Yet, the majority of this paper deals with evidence showing that women were chastised by other Quakers for apparently departing from the conventional female roles. Hence, this paper examines the co-existence of radical, egalitarian attitudes to gender alongside more conservative, and restrictive evaluations of women's ministry.

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  • The Arts, English and Drama

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  • English and Drama

Published in

Quaker Studies

Volume

Vol. 9

Issue

(1)

Pages

19 - 35

Publisher

George Fox University

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by George Fox University under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Publication date

2004

Copyright date

2005

ISSN

1363-013X

Language

en

Depositor

Catie Gill. Deposit date: 17 June 2020

Article number

3

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