Guest Post: Give a Title to the Woman who Has a Mission President Husband
by Frank Pellett
I saw this article about the wives of Mission Presidents in the Salt Lake Tribune this morning, and I wanted to share it with the wider readership of Exponent, as a small but good example of something in the Church doing something right in the way of improving gender issues.
It seems they’re working on having a formal title for the wife of the Mission President:
Don’t call her a “co-president” with her husband, either. Mission president is a “joint calling,” Evans says in an interview from church headquarters in Salt Lake City, but only the man carries the title “president.”
An appropriate moniker for “mission president wife” remains elusive, he says. The church’s all-male missionary committee recently asked the female LDS general auxiliary leaders to come up with one but so far has not settled on any that captures the job.
This is a refreshing change from the oft brought up lack of female voices in the drafting Proclamation on the Family. No, it’s not a big thing. Yes, they could probably start by getting some women actually in the missionary committee. I just like to sometimes celebrate the little things.
So, that brings us to the post. It’s not merely an attempt at a feel good flicker of hope. I figure if they’re looking for titles, the least we can do is see what we can come up with on our own. What would be a good title for what is now the “Mission President’s Wife”?