The African Methodist Episcopal Review, vol. 23, num.1 (July 1906), 'Woman's Work and Influence in the Church.
Mrs. G.E. Taylor describes the roles women should play at home and at church in this quarterly review published by the A.M.E. Church.
WOMAN'S WORK AND INFLUENCE
Woman in the Home and her influence there. What a powerful influence she wields here as wife, mother and sister. How vast, eternity alone can tell! The home is all the wife and mother make it. Upon her the family depends for happiness, for sunshine, for that love and encouragement which makes difficulties easy to surmount, and which makes life a pleasure. It is wife and mother who should greet the tired, care-worn husband and father, when he returns from labor. The average man can overcome all the trials and difficulties of business life, but add to this the wife who is a negative force, who does not fulfill her duties as wife, who simply holds her position for convenience or from a monetary point of view, and his life is indeed a struggle. The true wife and mother is self-sacrificing. She will give up everything, she will risk anything that will tend to increase the comfort and happiness of loved ones. Mother is the guiding star of her household. She should be the pride of the family. She should be a living example of the precepts she would inculcate in her children. How careful ought mothers to be. Think of your influence, that silent, yet all powerful something which emanates from us all, whether we would or not and which makes or mars those with whom we come in contact. It is a sad fact that so many of our mothers are such only in name. Motherly care and oversight of their children means nothing to them. Why is this? It is due, in part, to the fact that so many of our men are so worthless that the mother is compelled to go away from home and labor daily, in order to support her children and husband. A sad picture. Who is responsible for this condition of affairs? Wife and mother, do you know you must preserve the purity and sacredness of the family altar? We, as a race, can not hope to accomplish much, while those sacred obligations of the family are so loosely observed. No race ever rises higher than its women.
WHERE IS WOMAN'S PLACE IN THE CHURCH?
Can she maintain the dignity of her womanhood and hold any office in the church? May she enter the pulpit? All avenues of life are thrown open to-day to woman. There never was a time when she was more progressive and aggressive than she is to-day. Our women are destined to be among the leaders in the future, and they have it in their power to save the race. What are the women accomplishing in the line of church work? They are systematically organized for all kinds of church work and enterprises such as Foreign, Home and Mite Missionary Societies, Church Extension Circles, Deaconess' and Stewardess' Boards and other auxiliaries. Some are leading class and preaching the Gospel. The women are largely supporting the churches. The majority of our members are women. Where are the men? Since the women evidence such a willingness to work, let them work, and lend them encouragement. The future of the A. M. E. Church, to a large extent, is in the hands of our women.
Full text (Ohio Historical Society/The African-Americans Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920).