Virtual Oases, March 9
- LDS Women’s History blog
- EmilyS provides a primer on “Angel in the House”
- “I was a teenage redhead” (hey, me too!)
- From the DesNews: “Being a Black student at BYU can be difficult”
- Now I love Tracy, but on this she’s just so, so wrong. (Did you look into Collin’s eyes, Tracy. Really sink yourself into them?”
- The perfect library
- Paperwork vs. Conviction in California — where does the First Amendment fit in here?
- UPDATE 1: Remember that bizarro Washington Post article I linked to last week? Today they published a response.
- UPDATE 2: Souther Girl, this one’s for you 🙂
BCC provides biographies of — by their accounting — the 10 “most influential Mormons of the 20th Century.” Can I modestly hope that the 21st century’s list is a little more . . . representative of church demographics? And about the token woman: Was Fawn Brodie really more influential than Barbara B. Smith, RS president during the ERA activities? Thus it happens with that favorite of arbitrary boundaries — the holy number 10!
I’d love to see what this list would look like absent of church presidents, who are obviously highly influential in setting the course of the church. That would leave a little more room for expanding the definition of influence.
In our lovely comment section, feel free to name the people — beyond prophets and apostles — who you believe have influenced the modern church. Artists, writers, politicians, teachers, business leaders. I’ll start: Chieko Okazaki broadened my view of Mormon womanhood at a critical time and helped me (and not a few of my friends) find more peace with their place within the church. And then there are the women who founded Exponent II . . . and Elder Helvecia Martins, the first black general authority. And Mitt Romney, starting with his 2004 senate run, certainly set the church on the fast track to unprecedented public scrutiny.