By Penny Colman
Penny Colman is the author of 30 books for and about girls and women in US history.
July 20, 2016 – is the 425th anniversary of her birth.
A midwife and “spiritual advisor,” Hutchinson challenged the patriarchy of Boston. Condemned for her “very voluble tongue, more bold than a man,” she was tried, convicted and banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony.
The plaque on the Boston statue heralds her as a “COURAGEOUS EXPONENT OF CIVIL LIBERTY AND RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE.”
Hutchinson is a key figure in the development of religious freedom in the American colonies and the history of women in ministry.
Today, a group, including her descendants, is leaving Providence, RI, on a five-day, three state tour of sites dedicated to Hutchinson, including New York, where she and several of her children were killed in a 1643 war between the Siwanoy people and the Dutch colonial government of the area.
Anne Hutchinson, I think, is a sorely needed role model in today’s America.