An introduction to the life of anne hutchinson and the way she challenged the traditional role of wo


Although Anne Hutchinson is historically documented to have been banished as a religious dissenter, the real motive for her persecution was that she challenged the traditional subordinate role of women in Puritan society by expressing her own religious convictions. These beliefs were in direct violation of Puritan doctrine.

She never entertained ambitions of power; she was simply content in her role as a wife and mother.

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The women were attracted to Anne and wanted to hear her opinions. After her pregnancy ended in June with the stillbirth of a severely deformed baby, rumors were spread that Anne had given birth to a demon, spurred on by Winthrop. At the time of Anne's youth in England, the official religion was Protestantism under the Church of England.

This theory contends that the reason Anne Hutchinson was such a threat was that she was uniting an increasing number of women to learn more about themselves and make religion meaningful in their lives.

Women were completely repressed and disregarded for intellectual value by the Puritan church in Massachusetts. Eventually, Anne's father did restrain his verbal attacks on the Church of England, choosing conformity with an imperfect church over constant arrests and inquisitions.

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Anne Hutchinson, Early American Religious Dissident