Margaret Fell

[Revised entry by Jacqueline Broad on January 27, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] On the strength of her 1666 pamphlet, Womens Speaking Justified, the Quaker writer Margaret Fell has
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[Revised entry by Jacqueline Broad on January 27, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] On the strength of her 1666 pamphlet, Womens Speaking Justified, the Quaker writer Margaret Fell has been hailed as a feminist pioneer. In this short tract, Fell puts forward several arguments in favour of women's preaching. She asserts the spiritual equality of the sexes, she appeals to female exempla in the Bible, and she reinterprets key scriptural passages that appear to endorse women's subordination to men. Some scholars, however,...

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