Ann D. Braude uses the study of religion to advance the internationalization of U.S. women's history. Her work builds on thirty years of research, teaching, and publication on the religious history of American women including Radical Spirits: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America (2nd edition, 2001); Transforming the Faiths of Our Fathers: The Women Who Changed American Religion (2004); and Sisters and Saints: Women and American Religion (2nd edition, 2007). It also incorporates her perspectives gained from eighteen years as the director of the women's studies in religion program at Harvard Divinity School, an international postdoctoral research program.
This lecture uses examples from US history to argue that the construction of every religious prejudice, like the construction of race, advances and is advanced by the construction of gender. Beginning with responses of Catholic women to 19th-century reform rhetoric and to the woman suffrage movement, it focuses on Protestant missionary encounters during the progressive era, and conclusions with an examination of Muslim women's responses to the post 9/11 culture of United States.