Fall 2012 Submission Request: Exponent II Gets Political

It has been an exciting Spring for Exponent II! In addition to publishing the LGBTQ issue, releasing (and selling out of!) our first book in more than 20 years, and running a successful fundraising campaign, Exponent II and Mormon feminists across the country are getting attention like we’ve never had before. All around us the media is hungry to find out everything they can about Mormonism and are taking particular interests in Mormon feminists.

Due to this unique historical moment, Emily and I have decided to join the fray and are devoting the Fall 2012 issue to sharing the experiences of Mormon women as they have forged their own political identities as well as reflections on what Romney’s nomination means for them. 

Specific topics we hope people will explore include (but are not limited to):

  • How I became a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green Party, Tea Party, Socialist, etc.
  • What volunteer work do you do in the political sphere? Personal experiences of political action.
  • How does your religious belief inform your political leanings? Does your Mormonism affect your party affiliation?
  • For Mormons outside the US, what does Romney’s nomination mean for you? Is his religion noted in the press? How do members of your ward feel?
  • What political issues matter most to you and why (in a personal essay/experience context)?
  • Personal experiences running for and/or winning a political office.
  • Experiences pertaining to the idea of “the war on women.”
  • Personal experiences with contemporary Mormon political movements: ERA reflections, Prop 8, etc.
  • Have you heard (or delivered) a Sacrament Meeting talk which powerfully addressed a political theme?
  • Are you a “single issue voter?” (i.e. you’ll vote for the candidate who agrees with you on the issue of LGBTQ rights, even if you disagree with her on most other issues?). What personal experiences make this issue so important to you?
  • Personal interactions with Mitt Romney, the Romney family or Barack Obama.
  • What effect (if any) has Romney’s exposure to the women of Exponent II had on him as either an ecclesiastical or political leader.
  • How do you keep political talk out of Church?  Does your ward do this successfully or unsuccessfully?

Please write for or help solicit writers for us. Essays can be between 750 to 3000 words in length. There may never be another issue of Exponent II that gets the kind of national exposure this issue will bring and we would love to represent as rich and broad a spectrum of Mormon women as we can find. The due date for submissions for the Fall issue will be June 20th and can be emailed to editorATexponentiiDOTorg.

For more information about submissions, click here.

As we sing at our retreats, now is the time to “seize the scepter, hold the van, equal with (our) brother man!”

Aimee and Emily
Exponent II Co-Editors

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. Are there more lyrics to that awesome song? Because I am all about more songs that speak to women. We have to sing “love at home” (not a favorite — we always sang “home alone” on our pew) in ward choir. I pointed out to my neighbor that it should probably say “oh there are two who smile on high” since Heavenly Mother is probably even happier about there being love at home. Or maybe she is the one doing the smiling. Anyway, tell us more about the song!

  2. Oh, it’s such a great song, Mhana! It was included in the Utah Women’s Sufferage Handbook in the late 1800’s and the words were written by Lula Greene Richards, one of the primary founders of the original “Woman’s Exponent.” The song is sung to the tune of “Hope of Israel”. I could only find one verse and the chorus online, but this gives you a taste:

    Freedom’s daughter, rouse from slumber,
    See, the curtains are withdrawn,
    Which so long thy mind hath shrouded;
    Lo! The day begins to dawn.

    Woman, ‘rise, thy penance o’er,
    Sit thou in the dust no more;
    Seize the scepter, hold the van,
    Equal with thy brother, man.

    I am hopeful that one of these days we’ll be able to publish the wonderful Exponent II songbook that we use at our retreat in New England. Our rich, Mormon suffragette history cannot be forgotten!

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