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Ambiguous women: Debates within American evangelical feminism

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This article is an analysis of major debates within American evangelical feminism since its emergence in early 1970s. It examines ways in which American evangelical feminists negotiate their identity in the daily struggle between the mundane and the sacred, home setting and church practice, and their private and public lives. Through presentation of personal stories and lived experiences it argues that evangelical feminists' ambiguity is a significant and powerful force that not only forges distinctive self-awareness among evangelical feminists, but also shapes diverse understandings of evangelical feminism and shifts the boundaries of both evangelicalism and feminism in America.

Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman, Song of Myself (1855)

Keywords: American; evangelical; evangelical feminism; feminism; identity construction; women's studies

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Saint Louis University, USA.

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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