Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910) was an influential American author, teacher, and religious leader, noted for her groundbreaking ideas about spirituality and health, which she named Christian Science. She articulated those ideas in her major work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
, first published in 1875. Four years later she founded the Church of Christ, Scientist
, in Boston, Massachusetts, which today has branch churches and societies around the world. In 1908 she launched The Christian Science Monitor
, a leading international newspaper, the recipient, to date, of seven Pulitzer Prizes.
“Mrs. Eddy has left her mark on women’s leadership:
- In 1992, the Women’s National Book Association named Science and Health as one of 75 books written by women whose words have changed the world.
- Mrs. Eddy is one of only eight women on The Atlantic’s 2006 list of ‘The 100 Most Influential Figures in American History.’
- She was on Smithsonian Magazine’s 2014 list of the “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.’ ”
“Mary Baker Eddy founded a religion with equality at its core”
By Karla Vallance, The Christian Science Monitor, August 7, 2020
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