Women of Mormondom

Contemporary Issues & Perspectives

March 7-8, 2019
UVU Clarke Building, Room 511

Published in 1877, Women of Mormondom highlighted the contributions of women to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The book  also placed them within the larger heroic vision of American history. While written by Edward Tullidge, Eliza R. Snow solicited material for the book, worked extensively on the manuscript, and promoted it among LDS women. It was, as Claudia Bushman puts it, the story Mormon women wanted told of themselves. What stories do LDS women want told about their lives today? What shape do their lives reflect in contemporary American culture? How are those stories mediated by contemporary politics and culture? This conference will explore a variety of related questions and open up space for diverse voices to engage on these timely and important issues.

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Thursday, March 7th

Politics, Power & Hegemony

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

"Mormon Women for Ethical Government: Female Grassroots Activism and Peacemaking in an
Era of Extreme Polarization"
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, Founder, Mormon Women for Ethical Government
"'Long Enough, O Women of America, Have Your Mormon Sisters Been Blasphemed!': The Mormon Quest for Respectability Through Female Suffrage"
Barbara Jones Brown, Executive Director, Mormon History Association
"Can a Latter-day Saint be ‘Good and Mad’? Anger in Mormon Doctrine and Culture"
Kristine Haglund, former editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

Keynote Address

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

"Feminism and Heavenly Mother"

Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Sharlee Mullins Glenn, Barbara Jones Brown, Kristine Haglund, Fiona Givens

Marriage, Family & Gender

1:00 - 2:15 p.m

“Mormon Women: We’re Nine Points More Religious!”
Jana Riess, author of The Next Mormons
"Women and Covenants in the LDS and Community of Christ Traditions"
Nancy Ross, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Dixie State University
"Gender Within the LDS Family"
Amy Hoyt, Visiting Scholar, Claremont Graduate University

Publishing Women's Voices 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m

Panel Discussion
Lisa Olsen Tait, Historian & Writer, Church History Department
Heather Sundahl, President, Executive Board, Exponent II
Linda Hoffman Kimball, Co-editor, Segullah
Sherilyn Fuhriman Olsen, Co-editor, Segullah  

3:30 - 4:30 p.m

Panel Discussion
Jana Riess, Nancy Ross, Amy Hoyt, Lisa Olsen Tait, Heather Sundahl,
Linda Hoffman Kimball, Sherilyn Furhiman Olsen

Eugene England Lecture

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

“'This is a Woman’s Church’: Prophetesses, Domestics, and Rangatira in Mormon History”
Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor of Religion & Politics
Washington University St. Louis

Friday, March 8th

Representations of Women

9:00 - 9:50 a.m. 

"The Haunting Presence of Women in Contemporary Mormonism"
Cristina Rosetti, Mormon Studies Graduate Fellow, Tanner Humanities Center
"The Mormon Heavenly Mother: The Embodiment of Wisdom, Justice, and Compassion"
Margaret Toscano, Associate Professor & Chair, World Languages & Cultures, University of Utah

Keynote Address

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

"What God Gives, the Patriarchy Cannot Take Away: Reclaiming My Power and My Place"

Bryndis Roberts, Chair, Executive Board, Ordain Women

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Panel Discussion
Cristina Rosetti, Margaret Toscano, Bryndis Roberts

12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch Break

Latter-day Saint Women in Cross-Cultural Contexts

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

"Vital Contagion: Women and 'Microbiological' Mormonism"
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies, University of Auckland

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion
Astrid Tuminez, President, Utah Valley University 
Taunalyn Rutherford, Department of Church History & Doctrine, Brigham Young University
Annie Banza, Registered Nurse, University of Utah Medical Center
Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, University of Auckland (moderator)
for more information, contact Courtney Burns at courtney.burns@uvu.edu

Thursday Keynote Address 

Friday Keynote Address 

Presenter Biographies