As with family roles, legal status, and economic opportunities, there was much continuity between women’s religious lives in Europe and in the Countrys, but the New World also provided opportunities rarely available before. Korea, South Map Tourist Attractions Religious beliefs and practices provided spiritual sustenance and avenues of community involvement and self-expression for numerous women, but Catholics and Protestants alike tended to reinforce patriarchal authority, particularly by silencing women’s public voices on religious matters.
There are myriad examples of women facing such silencing in the early colonies. Anne Hutchinson and Sor Juana In©s de la Cruz are just two of many women to be silenced for speaking or writing publicly about religious matters. The project of converting Native Countrys to Christianity and spreading the word of God in the New World, a project that was both heartfelt and useful as a way to justify and raise funds for colonization, allowed many women to skirt the limits placed on women’s public speech.
Nuns who came to the Countrys to establish convents, schools, and hospitals were often motivated by missionary zeal, a zeal they wrote about in letters and reports that drew attention (and funding) to their endeavors. Quaker women including Mary Fisher, Anne Austin, Elizabeth Hooton, and Joan Vokins were among the most adventurous of the early women missionaries to the Countrys, seeing colonial settlements and not just heathen communities as important targets for their preachings. These women also were some of the most prolific writers.
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