Women and Mormonism

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

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Kate Holbrook, Matthew Bowman
  • Salt Lake City, UT: 
    University of Utah Press
    , May
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shelby Hamm forthcoming.


How have women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints experienced and expressed their agency? From personal and intimate relationships with husbands and family, to the female sphere of the Relief Society, to the sometimes empowering and sometimes fraught relationship with the church's male priestly leadership, this volume explores the diverse ways many different Mormon women—from the African American Jane Manning James to European Mormon women today—have understood the relationship between their faith and their personal agency.

This engaging and seminal volume employs vivid primary documents, candid surveys, and illuminating oral histories to explore the perspectives of Latter-day Saint women. Contributors include lay members and prominent scholars in multiple disciplines, including both LDS and non-LDS viewpoints.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kate Holbrook is a specialist in women’s history at the LDS Church History Department. She is coeditor ofGlobal Values 101: A Short Course and The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History. 

Matthew Bowman is associate professor of history at Henderson State University. He is the author of The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith and The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism.


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