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Women, Religion and Leadership
Female Saints as Unexpected Leaders

ISBN 9780367890124
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

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

Shari Horner

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

Jessica Huhn

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

Jessica Huhn

9. Edith Stein (1891 – 1942): Empathetic Leadership and Saint Edith Stein’s Phenomenological Perspective

Jen Jones

10. Pauli Murray (1910 - 1985): A Person and Her Typewriter

Kristin Pidgeon

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Professor Barbara Denison, is Department Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at Shippensburg University, USA