Women, Religion and Leadership focuses on women from the traditional context of women as leaders with chapters observing various aspects of leadership from specifically chosen religious female leaders and going on to examine the legacies they leave behind.
This book seeks to identify and analyse the gendered issues underlying the structural lack of recognition for women within the church and to examine the culturally constructed narratives related to these women for evidence of their leadership despite the exclusionary rules applied to force their submission to the dominating forces. Finally this book intends to draw out of these women’s stories the various lessons of leadership that invoke current relevancies among prevailing leadership paradigms.
Written by experts from disciplines as varied as leadership and communication studies to sociology, and history to medievalist and English scholars; Women, Religion and Leadership will prove key reading for scholars, academics and researchers is these and related disciplines.
Table of Contents
1.Performing Sanctity: Exemplary Leadership in the Lives of Medieval Female Virgin Martyrs
2. Hilda of Whitby (614 - 680): Unexpected Leadership by the "Mother of Bishops"
Barbara Jones Denison
3. Clare of Assisi (1191-1253): Breaking Through Societal Barriers for Women
Karen Monique Gregg
4. Catherine of Sienna (1347-1380): Political Persuasion and Party Leadership of the Intellectual Mystic
Sally Mayall Brasher
5. Kateri Terakwitha (1656 -1680): She Who Bumps Into Things and the Power of Servant Leadership
6. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821): A Proto-Feminist Servant-Leader for the Nineteenth Century – And Today
David Von Schlichten
7. Catherine McAuley (1778 – 1841): Exhibiting Mercy Through Service and Authentic Leadership
Patrick J. Hughes
8. Katharine Drexel (1858-1955): Philanthropist and Transformational Leader
9. Edith Stein (1891 – 1942): Empathetic Leadership and Saint Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Perspective
10. Pauli Murray (1910 - 1985): A Person and Her Typewriter
Professor Barbara Denison, is Department Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Shippensburg University, USA