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The Congrgation de Notre-Dame, Superiors, and the Paradox of Power, 1693-1796 by ProQuest

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Gray finds that the nuns who became superiors entered the Congrgation at a younger age than did most women, and they had family members in other religious communities and in the priesthood; these, not their family status, were the determining factors of their success. Gray continues, "Research emphasizing the positive dimensions of the religious life seemed to advance an interpretation of the historical nun as a nascent feminist, engaged in a fullfledged 'modem' occupation" (86).

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