Fierce Women in History: Mary Baker Eddy, Malissa Lakin-Watson

Malissa Lakin-Watson, a colleague and a health writer who focuses on the connection between thought, health and spirituality, explores in this inspiring article the life of a fierce woman in history, Mary Baker Eddy.  She shares how Mary Baker Eddy, against all odds, and circumstances of the day became a preacher, an author, a publisher and founder of a world-wide religion in a time when women had few rights.  Let’s join Malissa and learn more about this amazing woman and how her contribution gave spiritual enlightenment to the world.

Mary Baker Eddy - fierce woman of historyThe struggle for realizing equality between men and women has been going on for ages. For example, in July of 1848, the first Women’s Rights Convention in the U.S. was held in the little hamlet of Seneca Falls, New York. The organizers, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, sounded the call and declared that the mission of the convention was to “discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of women.” Two hundred people were in attendance and, on the second day, forty men participated, including African-American abolitionist, Frederick Douglas, who was no stranger to inequality.

The outcome of this historic gathering resulted in the construction of a document that Stanton had drafted during the days of the convention. This, “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances,” was closely modeled after the American Declaration of Independence. In its preamble featured this similar proclamation, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”

At this very same time, in nearby New Hampshire, there lived a young widow by the name of Mary Baker Glover, (who eventually became known to the world as Mary Baker Eddy.) She had a young son named George whom she had a hard time caring for due to her chronic ill health.

Through a series of complicated events, her son was eventually taken out of her care and went to live with another family who later moved to Minnesota. In effect, she lost custody because she was often ill, could not support herself financially, and had little custodial rights as a widowed woman.

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