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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21 Sarah Granger Kimball, whose idea it was to organize the women of Nauvoo,
had used the priesthood structure as a pattern for the Relief Society in her ward,
complete with deaconesses and teachers. However, John Taylor, who had ...
Here is a chronological list of all women who received the endowment and
second anointing in the Anointed Quorum prior to the opening of the Nauvoo
temple. A parenthesis gives the surnames of their marriage relationships which
There is no evidence for the ordination of women to priesthood offices in my
examination of the following sources from Nauvoo and Utah: the sermons and
diaries of Joseph Smith and of general authorities instructed by him in the
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