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The Communion of WomenMissions and Gender in Colonial Africa and the British Metropole$
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Elizabeth E. Prevost

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570744.001.0001

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Feminizing Church and State: Mission Christianity and Gender Politics, 1910–1928

Feminizing Church and State: Mission Christianity and Gender Politics, 1910–1928

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(p.227) 6 Feminizing Church and State: Mission Christianity and Gender Politics, 1910–1928
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The Communion of Women
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Elizabeth E. Prevost (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570744.003.0007

This chapter links mission Christianity to the more radical strains of the feminist movement in Britain, by showing how overseas evangelism worked to justify and to mobilize support for women's suffrage and women's ordination. Through the work of Dr Helen Hanson and the League of the Church Militant, Anglican feminists were able to use the missionary movement as a framework for arguing that women's political and religious authority was necessary to meet the domestic and international challenges of the day. The Anglican suffrage movement set the stage for subsequent activism around women's preaching and ordination by drawing on the professionalization of women's missionary labour and mobilizing transnational and trans‐colonial church and feminist networks. Both phases of the movement also struggled with how to construe the essential sameness versus difference of women and men.

Keywords:   league of the church militant, women's suffrage, women's ordination

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