In 1900, Mary Baker Eddy was the most well-known woman in the world. She made headlines. She founded a newspaper–still publishing and winner of seven Pulitzers. She founded a church–still headquartered in Boston with branches around the world. How did she accomplish this and much more in a time when women could not even vote? My colleague, Ingrid Peschke, writing for the March 8, 2017 edition of the Huffington Post, helps illuminate the life of this remarkable woman. Here’s Ingrid:
This post honors Women’s History Month 2017 and the theme of women who have successfully challenged the role of women in business and leadership roles.
How does a 19th century woman raised on a farm in Bow, New Hampshire with no college education become one of the most influential women in America at the turn of the century?
There was little to suggest that Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, would eventually become known as one of the great religious reformers of her time.
The landscape of her day hardly supported major accomplishments by women. Most reached their prime at 40, but that’s when Mary Baker Eddy first hit her stride.
At the time of her passing in 1910 she was an accomplished author, the leader of a new worldwide Christian religion, the president and founder of a teaching college, the editor and publisher of monthly and weekly magazines for her church, and the founder (at age 87) of an international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.
When the First Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848, Mary Baker Eddy (at that time Mary Baker Glover) was in her late 20s living hundreds of miles away in her family’s home in New Hampshire. Newly widowed, she was a single mother who had lost rights to her own property and was struggling with chronic ill health….