The Woman's Bible is a two-part non-fiction book, written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of 26 women, published in 18 to challenge the traditional position of religious orthodoxy that woman should be subservient to man.

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The women's organizations had too varied a membership to agree on anything more complex.

Stanton insisted, however, that the women's rights conventions were too narrowly focused; she brought forward a variety of challenging concepts in the form of essays for Anthony to read to the audiences.

Reverend Henry Grew told the 1854 convention audience that the Bible proved men were naturally superior to women.

He was countered point-by-point by Hannah Tracy Cutler, then in broad societal and political terms by Mott who began by saying: "It is not Christianity, but priestcraft that has subjected woman as we find her.

By the 1850s, Mott had become expert at disarming men who used Scripture against her.

At the National Women's Rights Convention in 1852, and again in 1854, she stood up to debate men who came prepared with Scripture in hand.

I am in the sunset of life, and I feel it to be my special mission to tell people what they are not prepared to hear ..." In 1893, Matilda Joslyn Gage took time out from her participation in the Revising Committee to write Woman, Church and State, a book which challenged traditional Judeo-Christian teaching that women were the source of sin, and that sex was sinful.

Gage wrote that the double standard for morality hurt both sexes.

The Church and State have been united, and it is well for us to see it so." In 1881, 18, the Church of England published a Revised Version of the Bible, the first new English version in over two centuries.

Stanton was dissatisfied with the Revised Version's failure to include recent scholarship from Bible expert Julia Smith.

One female reader of The New York Times wrote to decry The Woman's Bible for its radical statements that the Trinity was composed of "a Heavenly Mother, Father, and Son", and that prayers should be addressed to an "ideal Heavenly Mother".