Woman, Church, & State Study Group - Nov. 27

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.

Originally published in 1893, Woman, Church, and State stayed in print until 1917 and then reprinted in 1980 by a feminist publishing house, Persephone Press, for the next wave of feminist who greeted it with open arms. Several editions followed and the book is now available online (http://www.sacred-texts.com/wmn/wcs/index.htm) and through our gift shop (http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/giftshop/8-religious-freedom/). Each generation of women can learn from her work and understanding of the issues facing women in their daily lives.

The Gage Center is proud to present a conducted study group on this “visionary” work from an amazing woman who was able to connect the past to our present and future lives. The discussions will be guided by Kathleen Bishop, Ph.D., a long-time 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 their writings and workshops. An honoree of the Seneca Falls Women Wall of Fame, Kathleen is thrilled to have this opportunity to discuss this amazing book and advocate so that her knowledge can be used to make a difference for women today.

The outline for the study group (based on chapters in Woman, Church, and State is:

October 9 – Introduction and overview of the life of Matilda Joslyn Gage Discussion of the Matriarchate, Celibacy, Canon Law and Marquette

October 23 – Discussion of Witchcraft and the Role of Wives

November 6–  Discussion of Polygamy, Women and Work

November 27–  Discussion of the ‘Church of Today’ and Past, Present, and Future

A $25 Donation to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation is suggested.

Please register by calling the Office at 315-637-9511 or e-mail foundation@matildajoslyngage.org. The book can be purchased online from our website at http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/giftshop/ or at the first session. Any questions on the study group can also be directed to Kathleen Bishop at bisbur1@earthlink.net.


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