Public radio show looks at Mormon women’s new leadership roles

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President Bonnie L. Oscarson addressing the LDS Church's general women's meeting in April 2014. This month, Oscarson was appointed to one of the church's highest committees, a first in Mormon history.

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President Bonnie L. Oscarson addressing the LDS Church's general women's meeting in April 2014. This month, Oscarson was appointed to one of the church's highest committees, a first in Mormon history.

President Bonnie L. Oscarson addressing the LDS Church's general women's meeting in April 2014. This month, Oscarson was appointed to one of the church's highest committees, a first in Mormon history.

President Bonnie L. Oscarson addressing the LDS Church’s general women’s meeting in April 2014. This month, Oscarson was appointed to one of the church’s highest committees, a first in Mormon history.

This weekend’s episode of the public radio show “Interfaith Voices” features a segment on the LDS Church’s recent announcement that three top female Mormon leaders will now serve as permanent members on three of the church’s highest-ranking committees.

I was interviewed about the change for the segment, which is about ten minutes long. “Interfaith Voices” describes it like this:

In the world of religion, women make progress slowly: a step at a time. But this month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, took a big step forward by appointing three women to leadership councils for the first time in its history. It’s a monumental move for a church that celebrates traditional gender roles and a male-only priesthood.

One follow-up note to the interview: after the segment aired, the show contacted me again to suggest Mormon women it might interview on both sides of “the priesthood question,” both for and against.

So we may be hearing more about Mormon women and leadership in an episode to come — from several different angles.


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CORRECTION: The first version of this post incorrectly stated that “Interfaith Voices” is an NPR program. While it is carried on 82 local NPR stations, the show is independently produced and financed. I’m sorry that I misunderstood.

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  • Debbie Snowcroft

    We thank thee, oh Lord, for sending thy servant Kate Kelly, to instruct Thomas S. Monson in the error of his ways. And we thank thee, oh Lord, for helping Thomas S. Monson see a tiny sliver of light by allowing Mormon women a tiny token of representation on a few councils. But we beseech thee, oh Lord, to vex Thomas S. Monson and bring him to his senses, so that he will realize that women should be represented in all councils, including the Correlation Committee and the council of the Twelve Apostles. For we know, oh Lord, that the Mormon Church will never be worthy of thy name until they stop acting like a misogynistic patriarchal fiefdom, and allow women full equality. In thy holy name we pray, Amen.

  • kerrielou

    Amen!

  • Anon

    Jana, you handled the interview beautifully. Do you know whether or not the “Interfaith Voices” show provides transcriptions of their interviews?

  • texascrude@gmail.com

    Debbie S. You are awesome! You have the hammer of sarcasm in your hand, and you drove the proverbial nail straight home. +1