Women and Authority: Re-emerging Mormon Feminism
Utah women today might be surprised to learn their grandmothers' views on feminist issues, according to Maxine Hanks. LDS Relief Society co-founder Sarah Kimball referred to herself as "a woman's rights woman, " while Bathsheba Smith was called on Relief Society mission in 1870 to preach equal rights for women.
The society editorialized that females belonged not only "in the nursery" but also "in the library, the laboratory, the observatory." Sisters sent east to study medicine were assured that "when men see that women can exist without them, it will perhaps take a little of the conceit out of some of them." Temple officiators were called "priestesses, " Eliza R. Snow the "prophetess, " and women were discouraged from confessing to bishops on grounds that personal matters "should be referred to the Relief Society president and her counselors." Women were set apart as healers "with power to rebuke diseases."
In addition, Mormon theology spoke reassuringly of a Mother God of the divinity of Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Eve. No wonder Relief Society president Emmeline B. Wells could write with confidence: "Let woman speak for herself; she has the right of freedom of speech. Women are too slow in moving forward, afraid of criticism, of being called unwomanly, of being thought masculine."
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51 In 1956 when Aposde Marion G. Romney spoke of spiritual gifts, he made no
mention of women: "Righteous men, bearing the holy priesthood of the living God
and endowed with the gift of the Holy Ghost, who are magnifying their callings ...
Once again a church member with expertise in a specific area was more inspired
than an aposde out of his element—with resulting negative effects upon church
members.15 Another interesting example of non-hierarchical revelation is the ...
Mormon women.86 As late as April 1896 Aposde Richards reaffirmed the
independent source of women's authority to perform healing ordinances. This
senior aposde and church historian instructed LDS women that they have "the
right" to say ...
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