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Founded in the late nineteenth century, the Student Christian Movement (SCM) is now found in the World Student Christian Federation and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Its descendants include InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, and all campus Christian groups or groups for students of other religions. The WSCF claims to have 2 million members in 90 countries and the IFES can be found in 160 nations.
Drawing on the historical records of the SCM, Thomas A. Russell establishes the role of women in the organization from its beginning, stressing not only the pressures and prejudices they faced but also the pioneering work they performed and the valuable contributions they offered.
A work of immense historical value, Russell’s text advances the ongoing debate on the role of women in numerous religious communities, Christian and otherwise.
Thomas A. Russell is a faculty member in interdisciplinary studies for University College, University of Memphis, and a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.