Woman, Church, and State

Matilda Joslyn Gage

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Woman, Church and State is a book by American writer and activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, first published in 1893. Vehemently anti-clerical, this was one of the first books to draw the conclusion that Christianity is a primary impediment to the progress of women, as well as civilization, arguing that the church was responsible for women’s oppression throughout history. Then, as now, religious doctrine was used as a justification for the dehumanization of women, depriving them of civil, human, economic and political rights, even denying them the right to worship alongside men. Gage reviews extensive evidence of this complex. In 1913, Women, Church, and State was banned under the Comstock Laws, that dealt with the suppression of trade in so-called obscene literature.

This book has 174,543 words, 248 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1893.

Production notes: This ebook of Woman, Church, and State was published by Global Grey on the 22nd October 2018, and updated on the 21st July 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Mary of Egypt' by Jusepe de Ribera.

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