Author and historian Dr. Kathy Kern presented a discussion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s controversial “Woman’s Bible,” during the opening evening of Convention Days Weekend in Seneca Falls.
The program was sponsored by the Women’s Interfaith Institute. Dr. Kathi Kern, is the author of Mrs. Stanton’s Bible, a full-length study of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s revolutionary project to create a Bible that did not contain many of the parts of the book that demean women. Kern’s book traces the impact of Mrs. Stanton’s religious dissent on the suffrage movement at the turn of the century.
Kern pointed out that not only was Stanton’s effort to remake the Bible controversial, but some of today’s progressive feminists are unaware of Stanton’s racist and anti-Semetic attitudes. In spite of being an ardent supporter of abolition, and the presence of Frederick Douglas at the 1848 convention, Stanton’s racist views are apparent in several of her books and letters.
Kern is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Center of Learning and Teaching at the University of Kentucky.
The Women’s Interfaith Institute also will have two other programs during the Convention Days weekend.
Saturday, July 21st
3:00 PM Janet Ruhe-Schoen, “Tahirih, Breaking a Conspiracy of Silence”
Ms. Ruhe-Schoen is author Rejoice in My Gladness, The Life of Tahirih (Event co-sponsored with the Baha’i Community)
Sunday, July 22nd
1:00 PM Nadia Shahram, “Marriage on the Street Corners of Iran”
(Event co-sponsored with the Red Tent Book Club)
Disclosure: Stephen Beals, publisher of Seneca Daily, serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Interfaith Institute.