Announcement: Counterpoint Conference in Salt Lake City, October 8, 2011

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8, at the University of Utah! (Flyer coming soon when other panelists are confirmed.)

The Counterpoint Conference is hosted by Mormon Women’s Forum each fall. This year, Elouise Bell is the keynote speaker. She was a professor of English at BYU for many years and an out-spoken feminist. If you have never heard her speak, don’t pass up this opportunity. She is funny, provocative, and rarely does public speaking anymore.

Theme: “How We Have Changed. How We Must Change. Men and Women in Dialogue about Mormon Feminism.”

Where have we been as Mormon feminists?  Where do we still need to go?  How can we strive for change?  How can we get men interested in feminist issues? Is this crucial for change to happen in the Church?


9-10:30 a.m.
1. LGBT Rights and Women’s Rights: Working Together for Equality
Michael Ferguson

2. Hierarchy, Priesthood, and Community: Can Women Be Incorporated into Church Leadership?
Michael Stevens

12:15-1:15 Lunch

Keynote Speaker & Recipient of 2011 Eve Award
Elouise Bell: “Be the Freckle: A Crone’s View on Feminism and Change”

3. Men and Women: Partners or Rivals?
Amy Parkin, Alan Eastman

4. Feminism, the Church, and Me: How Feminism Has Influenced My Relationship to the LDS Church
Vickie Eastman

EmilyCC lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her spouse and three children. She currently serves as a stake Just Serve specialists, and she recently returned to school to become a nurse. She is a former editor of Exponent II and a founding blogger at The Exponent.


  1. I’m excited to get to go for the first time too AND I get to be a panelist! Margaret Toscano asked my husband and me to be on the Partners or Rivals panel. SO excited and more than a little nervous too.

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