The Disciples of Christ Historical Society’s Disciple History Magazine [v. 72 n. 1] (formerly Discipliana) has an article by Loretta Hunnicutt, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s Studies at Pepperdine University [and a contributing historian to the Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History (Chalice Press, 2013)] entitled “Pivotal Role” which, in part, emphasizes that in the history of mission in Japan and India, midwives and nurses were able to access isolated women with the good news that no one else could.
If you haven’t visited DCHS, they are located at 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212. They have many Stone-Campbell movement resources, several online at http://www.discipleshistory.org (see especially ALEX). Write to President Glenn Carson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 834-7563. They offer research assistance, museum tours, facilities rental, lectureships, workshops, etc.