Women’s History Month: Mary Baker Eddy’s Commitment to Health



“Celebrating Women’s Character, Courage, and Commitment” is the theme for this year’s March Women’s History month.  My colleague Ingrid Peschke’s blog highlights an often overlooked 19th-century woman for her significant contributions to religion and health. Her strength of character, courage, and commitment are evident in the body of work she accomplished.

Mary Baker Eddy was no ordinary woman. Behind her Victorian-era velvet and lace dress was a 21st century power suit. At a time when women could not vote, rarely preached from a pulpit or took part in medical professions, her work in the healthcare arena broke through the glass ceiling that had yet to become a metaphor.

Eddy’s ideas as an author, pastor, teacher, and healer charted the path for current thought on consciousness and health today. And in more ways than one, they still lead the way.

Read more of this guest article by Ingrid Peschke published in the Huffington Post here.

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  1. says

    Thanks Don for posting Ingrid’s blog here also. After reading her post I realized I needed other to see this so I printed it off the Huffington Post and put it in our Reading Room on bright paper along with my “Women History Month” display. Have had lots of comments on the display and the post. Mrs. Eddy definitely had wonderful “character, courage and commitment in all that she did to bless mankind. As you know she is also in the Women’s Hall of Fame along with other famous women who deserve our respect and admiration. Thanks again for sharing Ingrid’s blog.

  2. Adrienne says

    I would just like to comment that I was healed at the age of four years old, of medically diagnosed pneumonia compounded with double mastoid with Christian Science treatment only. I like to ask people to read Science & Health for themselves, starting on page 600 with the chapter called “Fruitage” and see for themselves how this works! God bless!

  3. Anne Hughes says

    Thank you for sharing Ingrid’s excellent article about Mary Baker Eddy from the Huffington Post. Both of my great grandmothers were students of Christian Science. One of them was widowed and was left to raise thirteen children. Can you imagine what an inspiration Mrs. Eddy would have been? My grandmother met her new mother-in-law on her wedding trip and was so impressed that she became a Christian Scientist herself. The strength of these women has been an inspiration to me.

  4. Mary Lou MacKenzie says

    Loved the analogy of the 21st Century power suit underneath the lace. Great stuff.

  5. Anne says

    Very well written post, and it relates many important points in Mary Baker Eddy’s life that prove her tremendous capabilities and her sterling character. It’s a wonderful introduction for people who aren’t familiar with her great contribution to health care, where she developed an understanding of how to heal spiritually, as Christ Jesus did.

    Thank you.