Barbara Morgan Gardner, associate professor of church history and doctrine at BYU, has written a powerful and insightful book called The Priesthood Power of Women, published by Deseret Book. We highly recommend it as a stocking stuffer for the women (and men) in your life.
In the book, Dr. Gardner points out how our lack of understanding of Priesthood has limited its power in our lives.
She carefully lays out the difference between what she calls the “eternal familial priesthood” in which women and men are full partners, and the more temporary “hierarchical priesthood” concerned with church administration. She argues that our tendency to focus on the latter when talking about priesthood has been the cause of some confusion and has kept women from experiencing and realizing their own priesthood power and authority.
She points out how top church leaders have moved to clarify this in recent years, and have invited women to begin claiming their spiritual inheritance as priestesses of God.