Women's Missionary Societies

Eliza F. Kent

in Converting Women

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165074
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835171 | DOI:
 Women's Missionary Societies

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This chapter examines the extent to which evangelical Christianity empowered women missionaries and enabled them to challenge the patriarchal norms of missionary culture in India. It analyzes the conditions in the United States and Britain that gave rise to the women’s missionary project, and the theological dispositions shared by male and female missionaries of the time. It then compares the styles of two women missionaries who were motivated by two varieties of Protestant Christianity: Amy Carmichael, the Keswick missionary initially attached to the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society in Tirunelveli; and Eva Swift, a missionary sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to the American Madurai Mission.

Keywords: Protestant Christianity; women missionaries; missionary culture; India; United States; Britain

Chapter.  21319 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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