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Latter-day Saint Women in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Neylan McBaine

The twenty-first century has seen an unprecedented breaking down of gendered barriers. In cultures worldwide, women are taking on roles and participating in activities that were once only open to men.

As women see doors opening to them in the secular culture, they sometimes struggle with the continuing gendered division within the Church. They also may wonder how they can work with leaders on a local level to ensure a larger presence for women in the Church while respecting the current patriarchal framework.

This essay not only articulates the desires by some members for a larger gendered presence but also provides ideas for members desiring to work within current policies to ensure all members feel valued and represented regardless of their gender. 

Learn more about this topic in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History