Poll: Speaking up
The world has need of willing women. Women who will speak their mind when something should be corrected or brought to light, even when they know the risks. Women who aren’t afraid of turning the tide by standing up for the small injustices and righting the wrongs that occur within their sphere of influence. Women who recognize that their sphere of influence may be a bit larger than they currently see.
If change is to come, in any endeavor, in any area that needs an infusion of equality, then women need to speak up. We can’t be afraid of retaliation forever, and even in the form of loving reproval, formal discouragement can be enough to squelch any desire to make one’s controversial or counter-cultural opinion known. How about you? How do you feel when you know something just needs to be stated and a church leader is either present, or has made a point of questioning you privately, such that you must answer according to your conscience? What factors influence whether or not you can share openly with a leader? What would it take for you to tell your Bishop that you disagreed with him? Would you feel comfortable sharing your concerns with your Stake President? Do you think it’s important that we start making our voices heard more often and more clearly?