#hearLDSwomen: My Voice Is Not Valued in Ward Council Meetings
A friend joked that they let women talk all they want in Ward Council because all of the decisions are made in PEC (Priesthood Executive Committee). It wasn’t a joke.
The Ward Council was all men except representatives from the Relief Society presidency, and it was made clear that the women were just a token. The men make the final decisions. The women carry them out.
– Heidi Alsop
As Young Women president, I was frequently shut down in Ward Council. From being deliberately passed over for comment, to “sorry, sister, we are out of time,” to noticing when I was ruffling feathers that it was time to stop talking.
– Natalie Ware Gowen
Every time I’ve suggested something in a Ward Council meeting, I get a few nods with no feedback. And then, a few minutes later, my exact idea will be restated by a man in the room and everybody says what a great idea it is. Every. Time.
Pro Tip: Listen to and elevate women’s voices in leadership meetings. Don’t ever joke about silencing women or about women talking too much.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)