Women have often had a leadership role in religious sects and cults.
In small groups, search for information about one of the following women. Each has been a visionary, founder or leader of the movement concerned.
How far do these examples of women in leadership roles disprove the idea that religion is always patriarchal?
- Ellen White (top left) Seventh Day Adventist
- Mary Baker Eddy (top right) Christian Scientist
- The Fox sisters (below) Spiritualists
Find out when they lived, what they did, and why they were important to the movement.
Put together a short presentation for the rest of the class.