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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1 EDITORIAL I worship a goddess. I have led a life as devoted to her as to the
church I grew up in. She has more followers than any religion in the country and
affects their lives as much as any God . . . She is the goddess of Perfect Beauty,
These sculptures had been placed in tombs of both women and men. The
goddess was represented as an all-powerful force: a female incarnation at once
life-giving, life-taking, life-renewing. These early Greek artists had created
there are obscure revelations about the unveiling of the Goddess in the last days.
Eve The "Mother of All living," is the tide given anciendy to many goddesses, but
it was principally ascribed to the Creatress, from whose womb all earthly ...
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