Voices from the Past: Mary Leicht Oxborrow

By Marie and Seth Oxborrow and Brooke Nelson Edwards In 1895, Mary Oxborrow found herself widowed when she was only 42 years old and with seven children. Five of them were still at home, and they ranged in age from 19 years old to just 16 months. Faced with the pressing need to support herself […]

Voices from the Past: Silk Culture & Industry

by Brooke Nelson Edwards In 1893, Relief Society sisters from Utah made quite a stir at the World’s Fair in Chicago. The group of women from the western territory had won a gold medal for their silk exhibit. This unlikely outcome, which caught the eye of French judges and Japanese silk experts, led to the […]

Adele Cannon Howells: The Woman Behind the Book of Mormon Paintings

by Brooke Nelson Edwards Artist Arnold Friberg’s images of Nephi building a boat or Alma baptizing new converts near the waters of Mormon have become almost inseparable from the stories contained inside the Book of Mormon. These paintings decorate meeting halls across the world and have graced LDS Church materials for decades, but they were […]

Voices from the Past: Annie Wells Cannon

by Brooke Nelson Edwards Just reading the list of organizations Elizabeth Anne Wells Cannon participated in her 83 years of life is tiring. But when I think about the kind of enthusiasm and persistence that such active leadership required while she was also raising twelve children and serving in various church callings, I can’t help […]

Voices from the Past: Get Out the Vote

by Brooke Nelson Edwards You’d have to have lived under a rock for the past year not to know that this election year has been one of the most divisive in history for the United States. Voters were exhausted, “disgusted,” and “frustrated” months ago. But it’s almost over. The end is in sight. Whatever else […]

Voices from the Past: Louise Yates Robison

by Brooke Nelson Edwards It’s no secret that Mormon women today are dominating online in lifestyle blogs and Etsy stores.* But long before Etsy and Instagram came on the scene, Mormon women had a long history of using their artistic and creative skills to supplement their family incomes. Meet Louise Yates Robison—the original queen of […]

Voices from the Past: The Wage Gap

by Brooke Nelson Edwards The New York Times recently published a piece titled, “As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops.” The article proposed that the reason “[w]omen’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s” is because companies simply don’t value work as much when it’s done by a woman. Even […]

Voices from the Past: Maud May Babcock, Educator, Scholar, Thespian

Special Collections Dept., J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah by Brooke Nelson Edwards When Maud May Babcock arrived at the University of Utah in 1892, she was the only female faculty member. Babcock arrived at the invitation of Susa Young Gates. The two met in 1892 while Babcock was teaching a summer course at […]

Voices from the Past: The Seasons & Changes of Life

by Brooke Edwards I’ve been thinking a lot about seasons lately. Fall has come with its changes in temperature, color, and daylight. My life has also seen a change in season. I recently transitioned from having one child and a full-time job to having two children and being home full time. Early Latter-day Saint women […]

Voices from the Past: Beauty vs. Brains

by Brooke Edwards Long before the Ensign magazine existed, members of the Relief Society could look forward to a publication called The Woman’s Exponent. It was published every two weeks from 1872 to 1914 and contained news items, doctrinal insights, poems, advertisements, and editorials. The archives are full of insights into the daily life and […]

Voices from the Past: Georgia Snow — 1st Utah Female Lawyer

by Brooke Edwards I had the opportunity to gather with other women lawyers from across Utah last year to celebrate the first 100 lawyers to be admitted the Utah bar. It was an amazing celebration that focused on the incredible strides women have made in the practice of law. In this post, I’ve chosen to […]

‘Girls Who Choose God’: A Reflection & Author Interview

by Naomi Watkins “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just […]

My Grandmother – An Original Aspiring Mormon Woman

by Ryan Hammond Pioneer Day weekend is a fitting time for me to remember and pay tribute to one of my personal heroes, my grandmother on my father’s side – Ruth Kartchner Hammond. My beloved Grandma Ruth is the only other person in my immediate family to hold a PhD.  She was an Aspiring Mormon Woman […]

Voices from the Past: Inspiring “Pioneers”

Not Alone by Minerva Teichert As a way to commemorate Pioneer Day, we’re sharing stories about women from the past–both traditional and more modern women pioneers–who continue to inspire and motivate us. We invite you to share your own stories in the comments. Kelli: On this Pioneer Day, I remember my grandmother, Lillian Ruby Duersch Anthon.  With […]

Making History Our Story: Q & A with Historian Andrea Ventilla

Ellis Shipp (center) with a graduating class of midwives. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof History was not a subject that immediately interested me. My parents are both history buffs – when my dad comes home from his job as a contractor, he sits down with a book about some war or another; my mother is a […]

Zina Young Card: Creating a Tradition of Education

Image shows the ten oldest daughters of Brigham Young and his plural wives: Card, Zina Young; Davis, Evelyn Louise Young; Easton, Jeannette Richards Young; Croxall, Maime Young; Dougall, Maria Young; Conrad, Marinda Hyde Young; Cannon, Carlie Young; Empey, Ella Elizabeth Young; Clawson, Emily Young; Thatcher, Fanny Decker Young by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Disclaimer: I am not […]

Voices From the Past: Praying Over & For One’s Work

Hilda Anderson Erickson, who was a midwife in Tooele County, with Maud Winberg, riding horses. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Like many other women before me, when I began my college studies and looked toward a future career, I turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer. Since finishing school, I have prayed again and again as […]

Voices from the Past: How Family History Taught Me Involvement

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Sitting on my Great-Aunt Sandra’s mantle is a small, wooden gavel, about 8-inches long. The gavel belonged to my great-great grandmother, and she used it during her presidency of the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah (WDC). Emilie Cora Lewis Brown – the mother of my maternal grandmother’s father – served on […]

Voices from the Past: Martha Hughes Cannon: A Case for Mentoring

Martha Hughes Cannon with her daughter Mattie, 1899. Photo courtesy of Utah State Historical Society. by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof I was walking to my work at ksl.com one day when I stopped and looked at a granite boulder atop a slab of concrete. I had walked by this spot countless times on my commute to […]

Drawing on the History of LDS Women for Inspiration

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Why do we look to the past of our church and its people when it is riddled with confusion over doctrine, policy, violence or discrimination? Should we bury it, sugar coat it or separate ourselves from it instead? For each of us, the answer may be different. I only attempt to […]

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