Quaker Women in American Colonies Essay

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"Quaker Women in the American Colonies" During the colonial period, women were considered inferior to men and “nothing more than servants for their husbands.” During the eighteenth century, unmarried Quaker women were the first to vote, stand up in court, and evangelize; although Quaker women enjoyed rights that women today take for granted, they were most known for their religious radicalism. According to Rufus Jones, a professor at Harvard, the Quakers “felt, as their own testimony plainly shows, that they were not solitary adventurers, but that God was pushing them out to be the bearers of a new and mighty word of Life which was to remake the world, and that the whole group behind them was in some sense embodied in them.” Women…show more content…
Margaret Fell Fox was a devoutly religious woman and a champion for the rights of Quakers; she worked tirelessly to ensure their civil liberties. Margaret Fell Fox never made it to the American colonies but her preaching, religious convictions, and continued resolve after years in prison, changed the face of women who would travel to the New World as Quakers. Mary Dyer stood up at Anne Hutchinson’s trial and walked out with Anne Hutchinson, only to return as a thorn in the sides of John Endicott and John Winthrop. Mary Barrett was born England but immigrated to the Massachusetts with her husband William Dyer in 1635; both of them were Puritans. During the trial of Anne Hutchinson, both William and Mary Dyer were open supporters of Anne Hutchinson. Although William Dyer held positions of “high importance,” he was relieved of duty and disarmed, along with other followers of Anne Hutchinson. When Mary Dyer followed Anne Hutchinson out of the Church, she and her husband were also banished; there was a scandal concerning the death of a stillborn child Mary Dyer had given birth to and after the inquest, Governor John Winthrop said that Mary Dyer “was divinely punished for this sinful heresy by being delivered of a stillborn ‘monster’.” Mary Dyer went to England for five years and while there, became a
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