American women

Today in the U.S. we celebrate Women’s Suffrage Day. Women got the right to vote in this country 90 years ago this month — an accomplishment some 70 years in the making.

Before this right was granted, and during all the years its hard-fought battle continued, women were quietly fighting for other rights and making strides in areas previously off-limits.

Mary Baker Eddy is one of those women. She is the founder of a worldwide religious movement, Christian Science. Her accomplishments would be remarkable by today’s standards; considered within their historical context, they become astounding.

Some highlights:

1821 Born, Bow, NH

1866 Experiences healing of fall on the ice — discovery of Christian Science

1867 Teaches first student the “science” behind Jesus’ method of healing

1875 Publishes first edition of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

1879 Forms the Christian Science church

1881 Obtains charter for Massachusetts Metaphysical College to teach courses on spiritual healing

1883 Publishes first Christian Science Journal, a monthly magazine “designed to put on record the divine Science of Truth”

1888 First Christian Science Reading Room opens in Boston, MA

1898 Publishes first issue of  Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly magazine “intended to hold guard over Truth, Life, and Love”; establishes The Christian Science Publishing Society, Christian Science Board of Lectureship, and Christian Science Committee on Publication

1908 Launches The Christian Science Monitor, a daily international newspaper meant “to spread undivided the Science that operates unspent.” Its object is “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind.”

1910 Dies, at age 89, Chestnut Hill, MA. Her last written words are, “God is my life.”

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