Strawn, Lee-Ellen. “Korean Bible Women’s Success: Usint the Anbang Network and Religious Authority of the Mudang.” Journal of Korean Religions 3, no. 1 (April 2012): 117–49. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23943321.
The article “Protestant Bible Education for Women: First Steps in Professional Education for Modern Korean Women” by Lee-Ellen Strawn argues that the education of Korean Bible women by Protestant women missionaries in the Korean language and the Bible opened up the door for leadership positions for women as well as became the first step in obtaining professional education for women in Korea. Educational opportunities given Korean women by American women missionaries were not based on wealth or social status and enabled women from all levels of society a chance for self-betterment and ultimately social mobility.
Tyrrell, Ian. Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.
Ian Tyrell’s Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire, is an important source for understanding the impact of American missionaries, not only in the countries that they served, but in America and in the networks that they produced. Tyrell argues that American imperial history cannot be looked at only through the ideas of formal empire as seen in American economics and politics, but must also include the nation’s export of Protestant morals, which helped shaped the course of America’s cultural expansion.
Tyrell points to a number of moral reformers, including missionaries, temperance advocates, and Christian groups such as the YMCA, as creating intersections where moral reform and Protestant evangelical culture collided with US empire building, colonialism, growing ideas of capitalism and politics of race and temperance at home and abroad. Their efforts found them lobbying at home for a “moral” head of the empire while promoting Protestant values across the globe, using inroads created by American interests. This intertwining of “Christian evangelical networks operating on a transnational level and formal empire” form the basis of Tyrell’s work.
 Ian Tyrrell, Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).