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Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny

Religious Speeches Transcending Gender


Elizabeth W. McLaughlin

This book collection is a celebration of women who speak truth to power in the public square. A perfect fit for undergraduate students of rhetoric, gender, religion and history, Women’s Voices of Duty and Destiny showcases the speech texts of 14 women addressing societal issues from the values of their religious beliefs and discourse communities. Between the tensions of the duty of gender roles and human destiny, these global voices representing different time periods and religions address the thematic issues of faith, society, education, reform, freedom and peacemaking. Written in clear, straightforward language, students will directly encounter the words and voices of leaders who strive to make the world better for all in the quest for human dignity. Each speaker seeks to forward the transcendent value of human freedom as reinforced by her explicit references to the divine. This collection is appropriate for 200-400 level undergraduate classes and offers a broad sampling of women who speak in the public square.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: McLaughlin, Elizabeth W., author. Title: Women’s voices of duty and destiny: religious speeches transcending gender / Elizabeth W. McLaughlin. Description: 1 Edition. | New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: Speaking of religion, vol. 1 ISSN 2575-9124 (print) | ISSN 2575-9132 (online) Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2018035855 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5298-6 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5297-9 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5299-3 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5300-6 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5301-3 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Women and religion—United States. Social justice—United States. Rhetoric—United States. Classification: LCC HM671 .M39 2019 | DDC 200.820973—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b14853 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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