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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983. Interview F-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

A limited role for women in the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen

While women were not excluded from the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen, they did not play a large role, Burgess remembers.

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Oral History Interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983. Interview F-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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DALLAS BLANCHARD:
What role did women play in the fellowship other than Nell?
DAVID BURGESS:
Well, I don't think that they appeared in the masthead. But all of the married people that I knew of this group, it was a one to one equal relationship in the marriage. And the women's rights in the modern sence of the feminist movement had not come into bloom yet. But there was nothing paternalistic about the fellowship conferences. This leadership was there but the women participated. They brought their kids, and I brought my kids. And you didn't have the feeling that this was a paternalistic outfit at all. I am trying to think of other women, but don't come to mind. Maybe. But, Alice was very powerful in relation to Buck. I know this. Nell was never married. Mrs. Cowan was a very lovely person. Jean Smathers wife was also. So you are dealing with a good marriage situation therefore. But in fairness, there were very few women that did much of the writing at least in my day in the Profetic Religion.