Elizabeth Hooton (1600-1672), the Quaker’s First Female Preacher

My family in Christ,

It seems that, from the outset, George Fox (the founder of the Quaker movement) did not believe in inequality. That is, both men and women can be empowered by God to preach and to spread His message here on Earth. [1] After becoming one of the movement’s first converts in the mid-17th century, Hooton was imprisoned for “reproving a priest”! Whereas today we may question the validity of imprisoning someone for such an ‘offence’, history shows that in her contemporary native Britain things were quite different. And for a ‘Nonconformist’, the situation was not much defferent in the America to which she travelled!

(I apologise. I have not been able to find a video on Elizabeth Hooton. But hopefully the one provided above is instructive.)

God bless you.


[1] Durham, Geoffrey (2013) Being a Quaker: A Guide for Newcomers. Second Edition, London: Quaker Quest, pp. 109-112.

[2] In On This Day in Christian History: 365 Amazing and Inspiring Stories about Saints, Martyrs and Heroes (to which I have been referring for the last few days) Robert J. Morgan assigns to her memory 2 Cor. 11:24-26, a Bible passage which I agree seems to correctly summarise her life and mission.

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