Many early immigrants, such as the Puritans in Massachusetts, came to America in order to practice their religion freely.
Puritan ministers often praised women for their devotion to God and their religious obedience.
The Puritans did not, however, believe that these good women should speak in church or preach in any way. In contrast, the Quakers, who settled mostly in Pennsylvania, allowed women to be ministers.
Anne Hutchinson spoke and taught about Puritan beliefs, which did not please some of the Puritan ministers, who were all male. She was banished from the Massachusetts colony in 1638.
An early 20th century painting by noted illustrator Howard Pyle depicts her preaching.