Help for WAVE
One of the comments in a recent Exponent post lamented that LDS WAVE had great promise but had not met expectations. I was sad to read that, but could see some truth. It’s not for lack of desire or ideas, but for lack of people to help. I’m posting here to see if we can find more people who want to participate in WAVE, both on our current project and on the board.
We have a small board and most of us are also Exponent or fMh bloggers and/or magazine staff. In addition, we’re doing the regular Mormon thing, many of us in school, with an average of 3 kids at home. Of course this isn’t meant to excuse us from not making Mormon Feminist Advocacy a priority, but it’s just a fact of life that some of the balls have to drop sometimes.
So here’s where we’re at. We have another booklet in production. Our first was Words of Wisdom, a quote book featuring topically organized quotes by women. This one is called Growing Together, Increasing LDS Women’s Participation at the Local Level. Caroline started with a great post, then Chelsea wrote a great draft, Stefanie and Lindsey created the cover, and now we are trying to get this booklet finished. Fortunately, we’ve had some great friends reach out to help provide feedback and collect examples. Now we need to pull it all together.
The booklet is currently divided into a section for women and a section for church leaders. There is a bit of overlap (Speak up! Give women opportunities to speak!) and we have many examples from our home wards in Arizona, Washington, and Baltimore.
1. Add more examples to categories such as, valuing women’s voices, callings, women’s councils, etc. We are looking at having a committee to do this part.
2. Have a few friends who are in church leadership positions review the draft for tone and content.
3. Create an index and proofread.
4. Publish. We’ve put the last booklet on Lulu, where people can print or buy a copy for themselves.
We are hoping to find a way to make this a living document as well so people can continute to add examples.
Additionally, another focus we’d like to try with WAVE is to help create local Mormon feminist groups. This would be a departure from our publishing past, but still within our mission of advancing gender equality in the LDS church.
Please let me know if you’d like to help by being on the editing committee for this book, or participating on the board, or both.