The most prominent woman preacher in the first half of the 20th century was an evangelist, Aimee Semple McPherson, who founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Los Angeles in 1923.
Every night close to 5,000 people gathered to hear her speak.
Her performances were dramatic, announced by a huge band and choir. McPherson set up a variety of services to help those in need, from an employment bureau to telephone counseling.
A mystery arose in 1926 when she suddenly disappeared and then turned up in Mexico, claiming she had been kidnapped. The government believed this was a hoax and filed fraud charges against her, but these were later dropped.
By 1944, when she died, McPherson’s church had 400 American and Canadian branches and more than 22,000 members.