165: Mormon Women Sharing Their Lives


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 mormonmatters@gmail.com. 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.



5 comments for “165: Mormon Women Sharing Their Lives

  1. Danielle
    March 27, 2013 at 8:28 am

    This project is so inspirational. The message that women’s voices are being heard and their experiences are valued is one that needs to be perpetuated. Thank you!

  2. Allison
    March 27, 2013 at 9:01 am

    For anyone who finds themselves drawn to the female narrative, this
    collection is a worthwhile and satisfying read. In Claudia Bushman’s introduction, she states the aim of this project is to produce content for “multiple ends”. As the project
    continues, I’m wondering what is planned for future contributions. Will
    these essays only be used by graduate students solely to advance their
    academic studies?

  3. David
    May 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I it very nice to see women doing things like this. As a midlevel leader in the church it is refreshing to her from a women’s point of view. It would be wonderful to have a female equivalent to a high councilors talk at church once a month.

  4. Toads
    December 7, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Uh oh! Papyrus! Got to add the cover of this book to papyruswatch.com

  5. May 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

    From the beginning, Exponent II’s mission has been to “provide a forum for Mormon women to share their life experiences in an atmosphere – http://www.agileinfoways.com

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