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 […]

Interview with Janiece Johnson and Jennifer Reeder, Authors of The Witness of Women

with Dianne Orcutt As I sat in Gospel Doctrine class yesterday, our teacher excitedly commented that she loved how every four years as we come back to the Doctrine & Covenants there are more stories, more records, and more information illuminating the experience of the Restoration. I loved her enthusiasm for seeking out the lesser […]

Imagining What Can Be: My Visit to the Relief Society Building

by Naomi Watkins You have probably heard the phrase, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” I’ve repeated it here on these very pages. And while I agree with this statement, I’ve always wondered about those women who were the firsts–they had no model to do what they did. They were the pioneers, the ones […]

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: 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 […]

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day to you from some of the Mormon women‬ from the past and present who inspire us! Celebrate the great women friends in your life today and share with them (and us) your love and how they inspire you. Whitney Johnson, Christine Durham, Gladys Knight Martha Hughes Cannon, Minerva Teichert, Cheiko Okazaki Emmeline […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Voices from the Past: Mormon Women’s Fight for Suffrage

Front row: Jane S. Richards, left, Emmeline Wells. Middle row: Phoebe Woodruff, Isabelle Horne, Eliza R. Snow, Zina Young, Marinda Hyde. Back row: Dr. Ellis R. Shipp, Bathsheba W. Smith, Elizabeth Howard, Dr. Romania Pratt Penrose. (Utah State Historical Society) by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof During the infancy of the LDS Church, female members advocated for […]

Voices from the Past: Elizabeth Claridge McCune

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Sometimes, reviewing the past gives us a clearer picture of the future we hope to forge. Looking around the classrooms and chapels of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I don’t always find women who think like me or have similar aspirations. Though I know other women like me […]

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