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Religion and American PoliticsFrom the Colonial Period to the Present$
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Mark A. Noll and Luke E. Harlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195317145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.001.0001

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Women, Politics, and Religion

Women, Politics, and Religion

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(p.367) 16 Women, Politics, and Religion
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Religion and American Politics
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Margaret Bendroth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.003.0017

This chapter explores how the emergence of women as voters—which did not happen nationally until 1920—has intersected with the importance of women as religious actors. Its sensitive account of countervailing impulses active in mainline Protestantism, feminism, and the culture wars of recent years demonstrates that the subject is one of the most important but also most complicated in contemporary public life. The intersection of gender, politics, and religion occupies a wide place within the history of the past 50 years and the polarizing moral debates of the present time.

Keywords:   women voters, religious actors, Protestantism, feminism, culture wars, gender roles

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