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Literature Guide: Women Missionaries

Compiled by Timothy Skinner

See additional articles on the topic of Women Missionaries here.

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Women missionaries

Periodical Articles:

Adeney, Miriam. 1987. Esther Across Cultures: Indigenous Leadership Roles for Women. Missiology 15 (July): 323-37.

Dzubinski, Leanne. 2010. Innovation in Mission: Women Workers in the Harvest Force. Evangelical Missions Quarterly 46, no. 2 (April): 150-56.

Tucker, Ruth. 1987. Female Mission Strategists: A Historical and Contemporary Perspective. Missiology 15 (January): 73-89.

Wilson, Dorothy Clarke. 1985. The Legacy of Ira S. Scudder. International Bulletin of Missionary Research 1 (January): 26-30.

Reference Books with Relevant Articles:

Concise Dictionary of Christian World Missions (1971)

Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations (2007)

Encyclopedia of Missions (1904)

Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions (2000)


Allen, Catherine B. 1987. A Century to Celebrate: History of Woman’s Missionary Union. Birmingham, AL: Woman’s Missionary Union.

 Beaver, R. Pierce. 1968. All Loves Excelling: American Protestant Women in World Mission. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

 Eenigenburg, Sue. 2013. More Screams, Different Deserts: Joy and Perseverance for Women in Cross-cultural Ministry. Pasadena: William Carey Library.

 Kraft, Marguerite G., ed. 2012. Frontline Women: Negotiating Cross-cultural Issues in Ministry. Pasadena: William Carey Library.

 Lockerbie, Jeannette. 1983. By Ones and by Twos: Single and Double Missionaries. Pasadena: William Carey Library.

 Robert, Dana L. 1997. American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice: The Modern Mission Era, 1792–1992: An Appraisal. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.

 ______, ed. 2002. Gospel Bearers, Gender Barriers: Missionary Women in the Twentieth Century. Maryknoll: Orbis Books.

 Tucker, Ruth A. 1988. Guardians of the Great Commission: The Story of Women in World Missions. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.

Timothy Skinner, MLS, is the Librarian for William Carey International University and a member of Frontier Ventures.