Girl  Evangelists
 
Norma Ealey
(1913–)

Norma started preaching when she was ten, largely restricting her crusades to the California area. She was accompanied by her mother, who sometimes spoke on her former life in spiritualism. Norma’s father was a real estate broker, and when Norma was only thirteen, her parents were involved in a messy, public divorce.

Norma is described as an “old-fashioned” girl, which was frequently the way the press portrayed the girl preachers and how they portrayed themselves. On one occasion, she dressed in clothing an earlier generation would have worn, providing a stark contrast to the fashions of the roaring twenties.

Although Norma spoke in churches of various denominations, her main connection seems to have been with Pentecostalism.



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