Anna Garlin Spencer


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Anna Garlin Spencer (1851–1931) was an American educator, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Born in Attleboro, she married the Rev. William H. Spencer in 1878. She was a leader in the women's suffrage and peace movements. In 1891 she became the first woman ordained as a minister in the state of Rhode Island. In Providence she was commissioned to develop the Religious Society of Bell Street Chapel ... more »

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  • ''A successful woman preacher was once asked "what special obstacles have you met as a woman in the ministry?" "Not one," she answered, "except the lack of a minister's wife."''
    Anna Garlin Spencer (1851-1931), U.S. educator, author, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Woman's Share in Social Culture, ch. 3 (1913).
  • ''It is an old error of man to forget to put quotation marks where he borrows from a woman's brain!''
    Anna Garlin Spencer (1851-1931), U.S. educator, author, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Woman's Share in Social Culture, Introduction (1913).
  • ''Of all the wastes of human ignorance perhaps the most extravagant and costly to human growth has been the waste of the distinctive powers of womanhood after the child-bearing age.''
    Anna Garlin Spencer (1851-1931), U.S. educator, author, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Woman's Share in Social Culture, ch. 8 (1913).
  • ''At the outstart of discussions of women's intellectual attainments, it is well to remember how few are the men of the first rank.''
    Anna Garlin Spencer (1851-1931), U.S. educator, author, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Woman's Share in Social Culture, ch. 3 (1913).
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