This past week saw the publication of a book, Mormon Women Have Their Say (Greg Kofford Books), which is comprised of essays drawn from research into Mormon women’s histories that have been prompted by or collected as part of Claremont Graduate University’s Oral History Program.
In this episode, the book’s editors, Claudia L. Bushman and Caroline Kline, speak about the project and book, and they share some of their favorite passages and what they reveal about LDS women’s lives and the ways they negotiate tensions between faith and culture, as well as their desires to be supportive and part of a community while maintaining authenticity in an organization that often does not often encourage them to share their voice and complex experience. They also share how Mormon women can become part of the project themselves, either as interviewers, interviewees, or writers of their own histories.
As discussed in the episode, if you would like to find out more information about either producing content or having your story become part of this project, please write to Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dan will pass along your query to Claudia Bushman, who will then initiate contact with you.
Click here to learn more about, or to order, Mormon Women Have Their Say: Essays From the Claremont Oral History Collection.