Honorable Mention: “I’m A Mormon Feminist”

Because saying it matters almost as much as being it, cheers to the women and men claiming their religion alongside their feminist commitments over at “I’m A Mormon Feminist.”

Here are a few of the great images you’ll find there:


What is a Mormon feminist?  Here’s one answer:

“Simply put, feminists want equality for everyone, women and men. Feminists advocate for everyone to have the same opportunities in life – politically, economically, and socially. …  Mormon feminism shares the goal of equality that feminism has, but within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and within LDS culture. Like general feminism, Mormon feminism is made up of a very diverse group of people. Mormon feminists also do not always agree on what “equality” means or how to get there, but they are all invested in the ongoing conversation.”

For more images, stories, and information about this movement, head on over to Mormonfeminist.org.

Author note:  ‘Honorable Mention’ is a recurring feature on this blog … a quick mention/shout-out to someone or something worth noting.


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About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

  • ngotts

    Next up, a Thor-worshipping pacifist? A Randian Leninist? An atheist Young-Earth Creationist? None of these are in any way more ridiculous than the idea of a Mormon feminist.

    • http://twitter.com/thedhpearson The David Pearson

      Actually, there are many Mormon Feminists. The idea isn’t absurd at all when you look at it in the context that God loves all of his children equally. Look at the site for more information.

      • Duwayne_Anderson

        In 1993, Boyd Packer (now the senior apostle in the LDS Church) said that feminists, intellectuals, and homosexuals were the three “dangers” to the Church (talk to the all-church coordinating council).

        You may love Mormonism, but the vast majority of Mormons (including Mormon women) despise Mormon “feminists.”

        I applaud your attempt to improve Mormonism — and I think your work will make the Mormon Church better. But you should never allow yourself the delusion that the church loves you as much as you love the church. Good luck in your attempt to drag them (kicking and screaming) into the 21st century!

  • http://twitter.com/thedhpearson The David Pearson

    It’s a wonderful site! I love it. Thanks for the shout out!

  • Phillip C. Smith

    My mother, a professor of sociology, was a Mormon feminist, a champion for women’s rights. At the same time she was a believing, faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She worked to bring about equality where this was appropriate. She had no problem with women not holding the priesthood in the Church.

    Two truths about the Church and the priesthood should be helpful.

    First, the priesthood is not given to anyone to bestow honor, status or validate worth. Jesus Christ, the leader of our Church, told his male priesthood holders, the only ones to whom he gave his priesthood, that the purpose of the priesthood was to provide service, that the highest were to be the servants of all. God will bless women and men equally regardless of whether or not they hold the priesthood.

    Christ gave his priesthood to men only not because women were less competent or inferior but because he understood that women would serve at least as well as men without holding the priesthood, and importantly that many men need the priesthood to encourage them to serve others. The purpose of the priesthood in the Church is to serve others, not for personal gratification of any kind but for the honor and glory of God. Thus, as my wife says, we do not need the priesthood. We are doing just fine as we are.

    If any woman in the Church is mistreated in any way, verbally or non-verbally, because some man thinks that holding the priesthood makes him better, he needs to ask her forgiveness and change his attitude.

    Phillip C. Smith, Ph.D.

    • Duwayne_Anderson

      Would you mind quoting the scripture that says the priesthood is to be held only by men?

      Recall that there *is* a scriptural basis for the Church’s past discrimination on the basis of race — back in the good old days, when Blacks were considered to have been “not valiant” in the pre-existence, and were the cursed descendants of Cain, and not allowed to hold the priesthood.

      Yet, even with that scriptural basis, we now have Mormon apologists arguing (or, at least, trying to argue) that it was all just a big mistake, an un-corrected “policy” issue that was mistakenly put into place.

      Given the backdrop of this history of bad policy with regard to the priesthood, how do you know that the prohibition against women isn’t a flawed policy, just like the flawed policy against Blacks?

  • pagansister

    My niece is a Mormon, like her father, and her sister is a Methodist like her mother (my sister). Both girls chose what they wanted to follow faith wise. My Mormon niece is 26,unmarried and planning on a career (looking for a job). She has no boyfriend at this point. The women her age in her Temple are married. My Methodist niece (23) has a serious boyfriend, and she too is hoping for a career. My sister has been both mother and career woman, so the girls know that women don’t have to stay at home if they don’t want to. Guess you could call my Mormon niece as a Mormon feminist—has told my sister she will not marry in the temple as my sister would not be allowed to attend!