HDS 2111

Religion and Women's Social Movements in United States History

Amanda Izzo


This course examines the complex links between religious belief, the gendered world of women's organizational life, and the more formal political efforts of a host of social movements. Encompassing mobilizations that originated from religious organizations as well as non-sectarian efforts fundamentally informed by spirituality, the course will draw upon a wide scope of activism and take into account the diversity of religious traditions in the United States. Combining perspectives drawn from social and religious history, feminist studies, and transnational studies, the content will highlight the enduring importance of religion in the United States as a mode of women's empowerment and a vehicle for social change. Topics covered include abolition, women's rights, and global human rights; social work and community organizing; pacifism; foreign mission and internationalism; Zionism; activist theologies; civil rights, interracialism, and ethnic nationalism; and the Religious Right.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 15 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Mon 12pm-2pm
Andover Hall Room 118

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religions of the Americas
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None