The United Society of Believers in Christs Second Appearing, known as the Shakers, is a religious sect originally thought to be a development of the Religious Society of Friends. Founded upon the teachings of Ann Lee, Shakers today are mostly known for their cultural contributions (especially their style of music and furniture), and their model of equality of the sexes, which they institutionalized in their society in the 1780s. The Shakers were one of a few religious groups that formed in eighteenth-century England. New communities of charismatic Christians also took shape during this time. One of the most important of these new movements was the United Society of Believers in Christs Second Appearing (USBCSA), or the Shakers. While their monastic, communitarian life has been studied extensively, little attention has been given to Shaker preaching, particularly in the early days of the order.