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New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800$
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Michele Lise Tarter and Catie Gill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814221.001.0001

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‘She Suffered for My Sake’

‘She Suffered for My Sake’

Female Martyrs and Lay Activists in Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650–1710

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New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800

Naomi Pullin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between female suffering and active participation within the early decades of Quakerism. Using personal correspondence and spiritual testimonies penned by Quaker women and their male relatives, it shows how women’s lives were shaped and disrupted by their conversion to the movement. The chapter is organized around two arenas that provided British and colonial female Quakers with opportunities to play a direct role within the developing movement: the home and the Women’s Meetings. These are two aspects of Quaker women’s identities that have often been marginalized in early Quaker history in favour of their more prophetic and radical gestures. Through adopting this dual focus and focusing on the more ‘everyday’ aspects of these women’s experiences, it aims to show how widespread suffering and persecution shaped women’s experiences and identities in interesting and powerful ways.

Keywords:   suffering, Women’s Meetings, family, support, martyrs, disruption, transatlantic community, Household of Faith, Mother in Israel

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