First Short Paper Assignment
Foremothers, Movers and Shakers: The Life & Work of One
Influential American Woman in American Religious History
DUE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5: E-MAIL YOUR TOP THREE CHOICES (OR MORE)
From the list below choose one significant woman to investigate about her life and work and where she fits into American religious history. Using a variety of sources (encyclopedias, biographical references, books, internet), create a brief biographical portrait to send in to be posted as a resource on the class web site.
Each class member will have a different subject so that we can cover more women and religious backgrounds. By midnight of February 28, e-mail me a copy (either as an attachment in Microsoft Word or RTF format, or pasted into the body of an e-mail message to Mary.Shaw@metrostate.edu).
Focus on two goals: (1) to provide biographical information about the person you have chosen, and (2) to present your understanding of why this person is significant in understanding women’s religious history.
Your paper should be a minimum of 3 pages, double spaced. I prefer Times New Roman font and 12 point type.
The content of the essay should include basic biography (parents, birth, where born & raised, education, religious upbringing) and some highlights of the woman’s religious life and contributions (religious institutional participation or experience, spiritual awakenings, religious leadership and creativity) and a summary assessment as to why this woman deserves to be remembered.
Your essay should include a short BIBLIOGRAPHY. MLA style works well; you can find numerous examples through google. Works cited within the text can generally take the form of (author, p._) after the quotation or paraphrased information. Here’s more information and examples of in-text citations:
Here’s a good on-line site for citing your sources at the end:
Questions you might consider as you read about this person:
- Are there any contradictions between how this woman was viewed during her own lifetime and what we know about her now?
- Is this woman someone you’d want to know personally? Why, or why not?
- Is there anything unique about this person that can help you articulate what her significant contribution has been?
Some of the women on the list have excellent autobiographies. Most have biographies. However, you don’t need to read a book-length piece, as there should have information available via encyclopedias and biographical references for most (especially the early women, who are largely at the front of the list). Let me know if you have trouble finding sources or want to propose a different foremother. The starred (**) names would be especially nice to have someone cover. NOTE: you MUST have some references from printed sources (or the electronic equivalent available through Metro’s library services); doing this research completely on-line through Web-based sources will not be acceptable.
Woman and Religion Notables:
- Sarah and Angelina Grimke -
- Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz - Jeannie
- Jane Addams - Jessica
- **Anne Hutchinson—banished for heresy - Tyrk
- Margaret Sanger - Christine G
- Anne Lee—co-founder of the Shakers - Hellen O
- Emma Goldman -
- Ellen White—co-founder of Seventh Day Adventists - Mike
- Margaret Mead - Natasha W
- **Susan B. Anthony - Adam
- Mary Baker Eddy – founder Church Christ, Scientist - Wendy
- Dorothy Day - Dylan
- Madame Blavatsky – founder of Theosophy
- **Lucretia Mott - Terri
- **Elizabeth Cady Stanton - Tiffany
- Helen Cohn Schucman -- "channeled" author of the A Course in Miracles
- Aimee Semple McPherson—founder of Church of Foursquare Gospel - Krystal
- Elizabeth Ann Seaton – Catholic Saint - Natalie
- Rosemary Radford Ruether --theologian
- Barbara Harris--first Episcopal female bishop
- Pema Chodron - Tenzin
- Antoinette Brown Blackwell – first woman to be ordained & to have her own congregation
- Marjorie Matthews – first woman bishop, United Methodist Church
- Sally Priesand – first woman to be ordained as rabbi (Reform) - Elena
- Marija Gimbutas
- Luisa Teish
- Mary Daly
- Paula Gunn Allen
- Audre Lorde
- Judy Chicago - Cassondra
- Dhyani Ywahoo
- Starhawk - Stephanie
- Katie G. Cannon
- Mary McLeod Bethune
- Rabbi Laura Geller
- Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb
- Carter Heyward—Episcopal priest
- Charlotte Joko Beck
- Elizabeth Dodson Gray –Harvard theologian
- Sojourner Truth - Neka
- Winona LaDuke - Dean