Artist Feature: Natalie Hansen

Hi! I’m Natalie Hansen, and I am graduating this month with a BFA degree in Illustration and a minor in Family Life from Brigham Young University. I am a freelance illustrator, and you can view my work at and find me on Instagram and Facebook. Trying new foods, long boarding, reading, and small rabbits are some of my favorite things. […]

AMW Hosted Screening of The Eagle Huntress

For more details and updates on online ticket sales, visit the event page on Facebook.  

How My Younger Self Got Schooled

by Naomi Watkins Last week, Michael Austin over at By Common Consent highlighted the dearth of full-time female faculty members at the BYUs (you can read additional follow-up posts here, here, and here.) The timing of this post was particularly interesting as I was to give a lecture two days later to 150+ female students […]

Mentoring Our Youth Through Personal Progress

by Jennifer Dill Long Last year, when I was serving as the Relief Society secretary for my ward, we had a joint presidency meeting between Relief Society and Young Women. We discussed ideas for ways we could create stronger relationships between the adult sisters and the youth. One leader had the brilliant idea of using […]

YW Spotlight: Faith, Aspiring Musician & Performer

Name: Faith Manning City/Location: Bellevue, Washington Tell us a little about yourself: I’m fifteen years old, and I am the youngest and the only girl in a family of six (well, my mom, but she doesn’t count). I love reading, writing, learning new things, and making music with my family. What led you to your interest in music […]

Teaching Young Women About the Importance of Education

by Melanie Steimle On the Aspiring Mormon Women Facebook discussion forum we often see postings that say something to the effect of “I’ve been asked to speak to the young women about the importance of education. What should I say?” For those of us that feel strongly about the importance of education for LDS women – […]

YW Spotlight: Sydney, Aspiring Thespian

Sydney D. Arlington, VA I am 14 years old, the only girl in my family, and the oldest of three brothers. I was born and raised in Arlington which is very close to Washington, DC. I have had a lot of interesting people in my life as I have been surrounded by people who have […]

YW Activity Plan: Community/Civic Engagement

Prepared by Laura Durham PURPOSE: Working to make a difference in the life of communities often begins with one individual. It requires a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. Understanding the role individuals make in the governing of our cities, towns and country is important for young women to understand […]

YW Spotlight: Ivy & Mazzy, Baking Entrepreneurs

Names: Ivy and Mazzy Marcucci City/Location: Riverside, IL (just outside of Chicago) Ivy is almost 17 and Mazzy is almost 14. The rest of the family includes mom, dad, and Ratz, the ball python. Ivy plays the piano and loves to sing. She also loves discovering new restaurants in Chicago, especially donut shops. She plays […]

Men who nurture, women who provide: The New Era and How To #EmbraceYourAND

by Dianne Orcutt This month’s New Era magazine features a great article entitled Your Future: Awesome by Design, with the tag “Want a great career, family, and testimony? You can choose the path to success today!” Like the recent Friend article “Savannah the Engineer,” discussed at By Common Consent, this article cuts against traditional gender […]

I’m a Getter AND a Giver: An Alternative Image + Activity

by Naomi Watkins A little over a month ago, I wrote a critique about an image that appeared with a short article in the New Era magazine depicting two young women, one as a getter and the other as a giver. My previous post outlines the problems with the image, so I won’t rehash them here. Instead, […]

Yes, They Do–Mormon Men Marry (Aspiring) Doctors

by Naomi Watkins “Do Mormon boys marry women who want to become doctors?” –A search engine question that brought someone to AMW. I’m guessing that a young LDS woman with medical school aspirations typed this earnest question, looking for affirmation. And I really hope that her Internet search proved that YES! Yes, they do. But in case […]

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 […]

YW Spotlight: Tabitha, Soccer Player & Humanitarian

Name: Tabitha Smith Location: Utah Tell us a little about yourself: I am 14 years old. I am the oldest child and the only girl. I love soccer, traveling, and hanging out with friends. I have been playing soccer since I was six. I played on my high school soccer team this year. I enjoy […]

I’m a Getter AND a Giver

by Naomi Watkins The December issue of the New Era, the church magazine for young women and men ages 12-18, includes a short article asking readers, “Are you a getter or a giver?” and includes the following illustration: Looking at the illustration of the two young women, the young woman on the right is wearing her Young Women medallion, she’s […]

Choosing to Attend a Non-Church University: Part 2

College application season is here for many (young) women, and so over the next several weeks we will be featuring LDS women’s experiences of selecting a college/university. If you’d like to share your story, contact us.  Rosie Gochnour Serago As a Mormon born and raised near Salt Lake City, Utah, I never seriously considered attending a university […]

Choosing to Attend a Church University/College

College application season is here for many (young) women, and so over the next several weeks we will be featuring LDS women’s experiences of selecting a college/university. If you’d like to share your story, contact us.  Courtney Dana I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and while in high school had big dreams to attend USC or Duke […]

Choosing to Attend a Non-Church University: Part I

College application season is here for many (young) women, and so over the next several weeks we will be featuring LDS women’s experiences of selecting a college/university. If you’d like to share your story, contact us.  Amber Spackman Jones It’s been 15 years since I decided where to do my undergrad, but the decision still feels relevant […]

Author Interview: Baptism & Boomerangs

Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Sherrie L. M. Gavin. I grew up in the USA, but I have lived in Australia for most of my adult life. I love everything and almost anything that is “different”: Japanese curry, Nepalese clothing, Indian haberdashery, Canadian Poutine, New York Tomato Pie, Impressionist-style art, almost anything […]

YW Spotlight: Aspiring Debater

Name: Amanda Tonks Location: Draper, UT   Tell us a little about yourself. I’m seventeen and the oldest of four kids. I have two little sisters and a little brother, all of whom I absolutely adore. I’m currently in the top choir at my school as well as taking a couple of AP classes. I […]

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