Women at LDS General Conference: Fewer are called, fewer are chosen, fewer are quoted

Peggy Fletcher Stack, senior religion reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune, wrote a fascinating analysis of the lack of women speakers at general conference, including research by Exponent II magazine theology editor Eliza Wells and thoughts from blogger April Young-Bennett.

“If Latter-day Saint leaders really want to hear more women’s voices in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, feminists say, they would invite more of them to speak at the faith’s semiannual General Conferences and quote them in speeches that are given — by men and women. Yet neither effort seems to be a priority. At the just-completed 193rd Annual General Conference, for example, of the 33 speakers in the five sessions, two were women.”

Read the full article here. Featured image of Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson from the article.

Katie Ludlow Rich
Katie Ludlow Rich
Katie Ludlow Rich is a writer and independent scholar focused on 19th and 20th-century Mormon women's history. Email at katierich87 at gmail .com


  1. The article was pointed and discouraging. The author of the Dialogue article was on Mormonland, the Salt Lake Trib’s religion podcast. Women’s voices need more than male lipservice.

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