My little sister sent me the link to a speech given at the FAIR conference in 2010. The presenter is a BYU professor who professes to be a feminist, but explains in her speech that she stays a member of the LDS church because she is a feminist, despite feminists who say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is male-dominated, unequal religion.
There has been a lot of talk in the news lately of women wanting the Priesthood, more equality, changed wardrobe suggestions, etc. I understand what they might perceive as inequality, but I don’t agree with them. The speech this professor further opened my eyes to the absolute equality and shared responsibility we as members, men and women, of the LDS community have. I wish every woman who feels she needs/ deserves/ should have the Priesthood could read this article.
I invite you, feminist or not, to read this article about the Two Trees. I read the speech at 3:45 a.m. while I nursed my newborn son and sat there and cried because at that moment I realized, more than ever, that my role as a woman is divine, beautiful, and so, so, so important. I learned more about the Plan of Salvation, the Atonement, my expectations for my husband and son (now even higher because of this speech), and the beautiful role I have as a woman, a mother, and a daughter of Eve. It is a magnificent speech – my applause goes out to that professor. Three cheers for the distinct roles and responsibilities of men and women. Where would we be without them?