#hearLDSwomen: Young Women Are Told No; Young Men Are Told Yes
My Laurel class president daughter thought it was unfair that the Young Men got a high adventure week long overnight trip white-water rafting. She spent a year planning a kayaking trip for the Laurels only to have it get changed last minute to two hours on a Saturday accompanied by the Young Men.
When she went to ask the Young Women leaders what had happened, she kept getting directed up the chain of command. She finally met with a high councilman who told her she was just spoiled and girls in Africa would never ask for such a thing.
– Shandra Petersen Harris
When I was the Young Women’s president, we were only allowed one fundraiser a year to raise money for camp. The girls organized a baking auction and prepared the goods to be auctioned off. The night of the auction came, and the Young Men set up chairs for the event. We were told at the end of the night that half of what we raised had to go to the Young Men’s budget for their “participation.”
– Sarah A.
When I was a young woman, I asked our bishop why the Young Men could go backpacking out of state. His answer was because they had money for it from scouts. So I asked when we could do a fundraiser so we could go on a high adventure trip, and he told me Young Women weren’t allowed to do one. I was 15 when I learned that boys are literally worth more than girls when it comes to the church.
My daughter was a Beehive adviser and wanted to take her Beehives sledding in Cedar City, and she was told she could not take Young Women sledding; it was a safety risk. Two weeks later the Young Men went, you guessed it, sledding.
– Sherry Andersen
Pro Tip: Ensure that the Young Men and Young Women have comparable budgets and opportunities. Allow Young Women and their leaders to have autonomy in their organization.
“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)