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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of Zion are constandy increasing. No where on the earth has woman so broad a
sphere of labor and duty, of responsibility and action, as in Utah . . . To be sure
we have many of the crosses of life, but what do we meet the for? Are they for our
When God commanded the church to build Zion, it was a call for equality in both
earthly and heavenly things (D&.C 70, 76, 78, 82), which I believe included the
equality of men and women. To paraphrase Doctrine and Covenants 113: Zion ...
She is Zion above, who has come down to us, Zion below. She is not distant and
far away but present and in our midst, bearing our pains. She is with the dying,
she is with the woman in labor, she cries with the outcast. She walks veiled
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