Quakers and the Lenni Lenape women

The equal status of women in Native American culture wasn’t unknown among Quaker women in the Philadelphia area. This is part of the story of a Quaker family in a transitional period of history. This is highlighted in the work, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights.

The story of Charles Harper Buckman and his own personal experiment with experiencing the prejudice and discrimination expressed by the dominant culture in Pennsylvania led him to better understand the women’s rights activism of his wife, May Begley Buckman, and his daughter, Edna May Buckman (Kearns).

The demise of the Lenni Lenape settlements in Philadelphia, for example, didn’t erase the memory of the Native presence in Pennsylvania and the role model of Lenape women who took on the role of peacemakers in their culture.

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