Poll: Goals for Equality
A few days ago, an article titled Mormon women seeking middle ground to greater equality appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. The author, Peggy Fletcher Stack, writes that Mormon women fall into three categories, those who want priesthood ordination for women, those who are “perfectly comfortable” with gender roles currently prescribed by the church, and those wanting “a more engaged and visible role for women” in the church but not priesthood ordination.
Like most newspapers, the Tribune invites reader comments at the online version of the paper. The very first commenter for this article, a man with no data to back his statistics, claimed that “99%” of “mainstream Mormon women” belong in the group that is perfectly comfortable with gender roles as currently prescribed.
Hmm. Why don’t we get some real data so that men like that Tribune reader won’t have to make up numbers about us Mormon ladies? It would be tricky to sample the whole Mormon woman population, but we can poll the readers of this particular Mormon women’s blog to see what our readers think about this subject.
In the comments, I would love to hear your thoughts about the topics discussed in the Tribune article. What do you think of the various ideas for change that the women interviewed proposed? What is your vision for Mormon feminism? Should Mormon feminists seek female ordination? Why or why not? Which other goals should we seek to promote equality in the LDS church setting?