Author: Kern, Kathi.
Title: Mrs. Stanton's Bible.
Publisher: Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Dr. Kathi Kern, a historian at the University of Kentucky, offers a good look at an important catalyst in the development of the woman suffrage movement. Stanton collaboratively authored The Woman's Bible, a commentary on key biblical passages that challenged the notion of women's subordination in any sphere, and particularly in the church. The writing of The Woman's Bible played a fundamental role in the movement's transition to a new conservatism. As it began to be published in 1895, many of her fellow radicals (such as Josephine Henry of Kentucky) left their local or state organizations. It also impacted the relationships between leaders of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Kern examines Stanton's racist and classist prejudices and demonstrates how they were shaped by her religious views.