Women are seeking to attend Priesthood Session during the upcoming General Conference. (You can read more about these plans here.) The main purpose of this action is to show support for the ordination of women.
While not the main focus, these plans have illuminated the differing policies toward gender at Priesthood Session and General Relief Society Meeting. Great lengths are taken to ensure that Priesthood Session is a male-only space. In contrast, not only do men attend Relief Society Meeting, they preside over it and offer the keynote address.
|Priesthood Session||General Relief Society Meeting|
|Presiding Officers||Men preside over Priesthood Session, both at the Conference Center and at satellite locations.||Men (not women) preside over General Relief Society meeting, both at the Conference Center and at satellite locations.|
|Speakers||With one notable exception in 1946, women do not speak at Priesthood Session.||Men speak at every General Relief Society meeting. A male General Authority gives the keynote address (the longest and final talk).|
|Staff||Female tech crew, ushers, and other female employees and volunteers may not work in the Conference Center during Priesthood Session.||Both male and female employees and volunteers work in the Conference Center during General Relief Society Meeting.|
|Public Accessibly||Priesthood Session is the only session of General Conference that is not broadcast live via Internet, radio or TV, thus limiting live viewing to church facilities where local leadership may govern entry.||General Relief Society Meeting is broadcast live via Internet, radio and TV. Anyone, regardless of gender, may watch the meeting live.|