This is the second review from Mr. Walrath from books he needed to read for his summer program learning about Shakers.
The second book was titled Sisters in the Faith Shaker Women and Equality of the Sexes by Glendyne Wergland. Dr. Wergland was a guest speaker at some of the lectures I attended. Her book was about the almost unheard of status that women had in the Shaker community. There was a definite equal partnership between men and women in the communities. Men did not impose their will on women and had no rights that a woman did not have. Maybe the fact that the Shaker founder was a woman was the cause of this. This made Shakerism very attractive to women. In the non-Shaker world women had very few rights, but in the Shaker community they had all rights except the right to vote. This book also taught me much good information, but I probably wouldn't read it if I didn't have to.