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By Mary Joanne Henold

In 1963, as Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique seemed and civil rights activists marched on Washington, a separate yet comparable social stream emerged between American Catholics, says Mary Henold. millions of Catholic feminists--both lay ladies and ladies religious--marched, strategized, theologized, and prayed jointly, construction sisterhood and confronting sexism within the Roman Catholic Church. within the first historical past of yankee Catholic feminism, Henold explores the move from the Nineteen Sixties throughout the early Nineteen Eighties, displaying that even if Catholic feminists had a lot in universal with their sisters within the greater American feminist circulation, Catholic feminism used to be distinctive and had no longer been easily imported from outdoor.

Catholic feminism grew from in the church, rooted in women's personal studies of Catholicism and non secular perform, Henold argues. She identifies the second one Vatican Council (1962-65), an inspiring yet openly sexist occasion that enraged and exhilarated Catholic ladies in equivalent degree, as a catalyst of the move in the church. Catholic feminists frequently defined their feminism when it comes to their dedication to a gospel mandate for social justice, liberation, and radical equality. They thought of feminism to be a Christian precept.

Yet as Catholic feminists faced sexism within the church and the area, Henold explains, they struggled to combine the 2 elements in their self-definition. either Catholic tradition and feminist tradition indicated that any such conjunction used to be not going, if now not most unlikely. Henold demonstrates that efforts to reconcile religion and feminism exhibit either the advanced nature of feminist awareness and the artistic power of spiritual feminism.

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