"This is woman's hour..."

Mary Baker Eddy's role in the celebration of women's rights

During March and April a new exhibit, " 'This is woman's hour ...': The Life of Mary Baker Eddy—Reformer," was featured in the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York. The exhibit, which will remain on display elsewhere in the town of Seneca Falls for the duration of the summer, is a collaboration between the staff of the Historical Park and the Publisher of the Writings of Mary Baker Eddy in Boston, and is part of a six-month celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention, which was held in Seneca Falls in July 1848.

This multimedia display highlights Mrs. Eddy's contribution to the women's movement as the author of a landmark book on health and healing—Science and Health—and as a religious leader and reformer. Its title derives from a passage in another of Mrs. Eddy's books, No and Yes: "In natural law and in religion the right of woman to fill the highest measure of enlightened understanding and the highest places in government, is inalienable, and these rights are ably vindicated by the noblest of both sexes. This is woman's hour, with all its sweet amenities and its moral and religious reforms" (p. 45).

The exhibit sets out many of Mrs. Eddy's accomplishments, including:

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