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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understood, if not appreciated; and every woman in Utah, who has the interest of
her sex at heart, should exert her utmost influence to extend the circulation of the
Exponent; for wherever it finds its way, into whatever home, village or town, ...
How far woman's influence can be exerted, in bringing about the redemption of
man, the future will prove; that all her instincts, faculties and intelligence will be
called in question, that the most thorough mental training, calculated to develop
I also want them to know that in a day in which the orthodox Jew prayed "Praised
be God that he has not created me a woman" came the revolutionary figure of
Jesus, who seemed to value women as much as men and invited them to follow ...
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