Webinar Registration!

Woman, Church, and State Study Group:

What We Can Learn From Gage Today

Webinar 2017


We are excited to announce this upcoming 5-Part webinar study group of Gage’s major publication facilitated by Kathleen M. Bishop, Ph.D. with guest speakers. Exposing sex trafficking and the sexual abuse of children and women by priests, Gage fearlessly examined the ugly underbelly of Christianity’s power over women in her 1893 feminist classic.

8:00 – 9:30PM EST

  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27
  • April 10
  • April 24

This is a pilot series with limited spaces so please sign up early.


Please note: The updated version is out of print but some copies are available on-line through Amazon and other distributors. The original copy is available free on-line at http://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/wcs/index.htm


Donations for an individual registrant – $50 for all 5 sessions (please note that the sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend all the sessions)

An organization planning to organize a site for all their members to take part in the webinars – $100 for all 5 sessions  (Organizations will be given one webinar link. They can have unlimited participants at that location. This is intended to encourage local discussion.


To register for this exciting new event, please follow the links below

Individuals: http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/product/webinar-sign-up-individuals/

Organizations: http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/product/webinar-sign-up-organizations/


For more detailed information please read below:

The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation (MJGF) is excited to announce the upcoming webinar5-Part Series Woman, church, and State Study Group: What we can learn from Gage today

February 27, March 13th & 27th, April 10th & 24th, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST

Matilda Joslyn Gage had an in-depth understanding of women’s history and issues that resonate for today’s women.  She was radical for her time and would still be considered radical today as she questions the power and influence of the church and state in terms of how they affect women’s lives. It was for this reason that she was written out of history; being too radical for the suffrage movement of the late 1800s due to her “attack on the church and state – especially church- for their attitude towards women.” (Bibliography of the Woman Suffrage Association).  Gage tackles everything from sexual abuse by priests to sex trafficking.

Her book Women, Church, and State was in print from 1913 to 1917 (after her death in 1898) and then was reprinted in 1980 by a feminist publishing house, Persephone Press, for the next wave of feminists who greeted it with open arms. Each generation of women can learn from her work and understanding of the issues facing women in their daily lives. It should be noted the book was so radical for the time, even though extremely relevant and considered radical today by those who oppose women’s equal rights, the local school  library would not accept the book on the shelves, and Anthony Comstock, the U. S.-appointed press censor, threatened to prosecute anyone who let young people read it. In 2015 it was ceremonially accepted into the Fayetteville Public Library, when a copy was presented by Gage descendant, Mac Hudson.

The MJG Foundation is proud to present a conducted study group on this “visionary” work from an amazing woman who connected the past to our present and future lives. The discussions will be guided by Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D. a longtime volunteer for the Gage Foundation and long-time advocate for women. She has had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, Mary Daly, Starhawk, Kathleen McGowan, Margaret Starbird, and Matilda Joslyn Gage through her writings. An honoree of the Seneca Falls Women’s Wall of Fame, Kathleen is thrilled to have this opportunity to discuss this amazing book and advocate so that Gage’s knowledge can be used to make a difference for women today.


Monday February 27, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30 EST

Introduction and overview of the life of Matilda Joslyn Gage

Introduction on the Life of Matilda Joslyn Gage, her writings, and what this means for women today – Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D.; Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

Overview of Woman, Church, and State facilitated by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop (Questions for discussion will be sent to registrants prior to each session)

Discussion of Chapters #1 The Matriachate & #2 Celibacy

Discussion of The Matriachate, Chapter 1 & Chapter #2 Celibacy facilitated by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions


March 13, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST Session 2: Chapters #3 Cannon Law & #4 Marquette


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions

March 27, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST Session 3: Chapters #5 Witchcraft & #6 Wives


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions.

April 10, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30PM EST Session 4: Chapters #7 Polygamy & #8 Woman and Work


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions.

April 24, 2017; 8:00 – 9:30 EST Session 5: Chapters #9 The Church of Today &#10 Past, Present, and Future


Discussion of chapters led by Dr. Kathleen M. Bishop with guided questions.


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