A 19th century New England woman, Mary Baker Eddy is widely recognized as one of the most remarkable religious figures of modern times. Her bestselling book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, was named by the Women’s National Book Association as one of 75 books by women “whose words have changed the world.” In 1993 Mrs. Eddy was elected to the National Hall of Fame as the leading woman in religion in the 20th century. She was elected to the National “Women’s Hall of Fame in 1995, for her “indelible mark on religion, medicine and journalism.”
Mrs. Eddy was born in 1821 and grew up in New Hampshire. She spent her adult life in the Boston area and in Concord, New Hampshire. Besides discovering Christian Science and founding a now worldwide religion, she established a metaphysical college, founded a number of publications including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor, published many books and articles, gave public talks, and was always a leading figure in the communities in which she lived.