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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With the coming of the twentieth century, the generation that had taught that
women held priesthood in connection with their husbands was passing. An 1896
article in the Young Woman's Journal reiterated a belief common among many ...
My husband's patriarchal blessing promises him "eternal increase" which means
many wives and children. When I've tried to express to him how this upsets me—
his response is "I can't do anything about it." That is not a response I want.
For example, in 1990 a sister told me that her "husband is hesitant to administer
when our children are sick." She was very concerned about her son who needed
an operation, but her husband said, "Let's just wait and see how it goes.
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